There comes a point in the life of a nurse when you begin to wonder what else you might be able to do with your knowledge. It’s not that the job itself is a problem; you’re a proud nurse and always will be– it’s just that we all need a new challenge every now and again. When you have been working in a particular field for any length of time, it’s natural to want to branch out, progress your career to the next level, and see what else might be out there for you.
If you work as a nurse and have felt flickerings of intrigue about what else you can do with your experience, then the ideas below might be beneficial to you. All require nursing qualifications, so you will still be involved in your profession, and they might offer a solution that can excite you about the future of your career trajectory.
1) Move Into Management
Any nurse will have experienced their fair share of management experience; some good, some bad. If you think you could make a real difference in nurses’ lives, and use your expertise and experience to improve working habits and routines, then moving into management could be a good step for you.
The most obvious option is the job that your current boss does; the person you report to and seek advice from. This is a role that you may someday be able to undertake, leveraging your years of experience on the “front line” to help ensure improved quality throughout any facility you work in.
2) Train The Next Generation
Moving into nursing education could be the perfect step for an experienced nurse. You have experience, know how the job works, and can help prepare students for life in the real nursing world. It’s a new challenge for you, but one that is closely linked to the work experience you have enjoyed up until this point.
You will likely need to undertake an MSN education qualification, which will open up a variety of options you can then develop from there. You wouldn’t need to entirely leave the front line of nursing either; you could work two part-time jobs if you prefer, depending on what your clinic requires.
3) Become An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse is able to do more than an RN; APRN’s, for example, can prescribe medication and have more involvement in deciding a patient’s treatment. This is a great route to take if you want to expand your knowledge and do something different, but don’t want to miss out on the enjoyment of interacting with patients.
4) Opening Your Own Clinic
Admittedly, this is an option you will likely need a business partner for, but it’s a viable choice you may want to explore. If you have always wanted to set up your own clinic and have control of how it is run, then going into business for yourself is an option you may want to investigate. You can prioritize what you think is important and maintain a hands-on approach with patients, while giving yourself a new challenge as a nurse and a businesswoman, too.
There are many options to explore if you want to expand your role in the nursing field; hopefully the above will help you decide which might be the best part for you.