9 Rewarding Nursing Jobs Beyond Floor Nurse

Written by Madison School of Healthcare On Wednesday, 14 February 2018. Posted in Healthcare Insights, Nursing

9 Rewarding Nursing Jobs Beyond Floor Nurse

You love your job. You love your co-workers. You love your patients (except that one who always rings the call button right after you leave…). But sometimes you wonder what else is out there. Good news! You have options. We’ve compiled a list of nursing jobs that go beyond floor nurse. Before you rush in, make sure you meet the education requirements. Many of these jobs require a bachelor’s of nursing. So, if you only have your associate degree or nurse diploma you may want to think about an RN to BSN program. (If you need to work while you’re in school, an online program is a great option.)

Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse

Hospice and palliative care nurses help provide comfort and give the patient information to make end-of-life choices easier. These nurses evaluate the patient and provide options to the individual and their family so everyone can make educated choices. Nurses in hospice and palliative care roles may need additional certification beyond a BSN.
Average pay range: $ 48,555 - $77,811/year (Source: Payscale)

ICU Nurse

Intensive Care Units (ICU) are intense. It’s right there in the name. Nurses in the ICU need to be quick-thinking and fast-acting. These nurses provide 24/7 care to people who are in a hospital because of a severe illness or disease. Responsibilities typically include monitoring patient vitals, collaborating with physicians, and evaluating overall patient condition.
Average pay range: $39,954 - $96,923/year (Source: Payscale)

Informatics Nurse

Informatics nurses or nurse informaticists are at the center of all the medical data collected about patients. These nurses manage, interpret, and communicate the information in data systems that help with patient care. All that data work means informatics nurses’ technology and nursing science skills have to be on point.
Average pay range: $57,664 - $98,304/year (Source: Payscale)

Nurse Advocate

Nurse advocates are the ultimate intermediary. When the patient’s wishes are different from a doctor’s recommendation, these nurses step in to make sure patients understand the diagnosis and to help them find alternative care options. It’s equal parts educator, arbitrator, and counselor. 
Average pay range: $22.27 - $40.92/hour (Source: Payscale)

Obstetrics and Gynecology Nurse

OB/GYN nurses focus on education about puberty, menopause, and sexual health; helping during pregnancy, labor and childbirth; or conducting mammograms and other screenings. Some employers may require nurses to have specialized training before being hired, and others offer on-the-job training.
Average pay range: $45,302 - $86,892/year (Source: Payscale)

Occupational Health Nurse

Who needs better care than the hardworking professionals of healthcare? Occupational health nurses give preventative care for people who work in hospitals and other health facilities and ensure safety standards are met. Documenting employee injuries or illnesses, creating safety programs, and evaluating work environments are all in a day’s work for occupational health nurses. 
Average pay range: $51,236 - $86,954/year (Source: Payscale)


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Oncology Nurse

Specializing in the care of cancer patients and individuals at risk of contracting cancer is a job that varies greatly from day to day. Oncology nurses develop management strategies, provide prevention counseling, maintain patient health records, monitor physical conditions, prescribe medication, and administer chemotherapy and other treatments. This is a job that is both challenging and rewarding.
Average pay range: 45,286 - $89,069/year (Source: Payscale)

Pediatrics Nurse

Administering developmental screenings, giving immunizations, and treating common illnesses are all included in a day’s work of a pediatric nurse. These nurses work solely with children to educate them on general health, proper nutrition, disease prevention, and offer critical care when needed. Nurses in this role typically need additional certification.
Average pay range: $31,951 - $85,487 (Source: Payscale)

Surgical Nurse

Surgical nurses work with physicians and surgeons before and after operations. A day in the life of these nurses could include setting up IVs, taking vitals, and prepping patients’ for—and monitoring them after—surgery. Some highly trained nurses work inside operating rooms, handling medical equipment and surgical instruments.
Average pay range: $38,382 - $91,061/year (Source: Payscale)

Choosing a specialty is an exciting step in a nurse’s career, but not one that should be made lightly. Talk to your co-workers, your friends, and your family to help you make the right decision. Once you decide, if you need to earn your BSN talk to us about the Madison School of Healthcare RN to BSN online program!

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