ExploreEmployment opportunities for nurses this spring

Many nonclinical roles are ideal for people with a background in clinical nursing, and health care-related skills and expertise are often in high demand by a variety of employers. Here are some nonclinical career options for nurses who wish to make a change:

Health care administration

Health care administration or hospital executive is an excellent option for nurses with clinical experience who would like to make a career transition into an administrative leadership role. Health care administration is often a lucrative career, and jobs are available in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, public health organizations, long-term care facilities and physician offices. Some employers may require an additional degree in public health or business such as a Master of Public Health or Master in Healthcare Administration. Some potential roles include chief nursing officer, operations officer, medical director and medical administrator. Certifications are available from a variety of professional associations, including the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Medical writer

Health care corporations, magazines, websites and journals are always seeking quality clinical content. Many nurses have a suitable background of clinical knowledge, medical terminology and health care experience to offer companies and publishers. The American Medical Writers Association provides information, career guidance, conferences, networking and certifications for medical writers.

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Medical legal consultant

Nurses’ clinical expertise is valuable to the legal profession in forensics, medical malpractice, medical product liability and insurance claims. “If you enjoy medical problem-solving, researching and analyzing information, and working with others, then legal nurse consulting may be for you,” according to an article on Nurse.org that provides more details on how to become a nurse legal consultant. As a legal consultant, nurses can provide expert testimony, help secure expert witnesses, act as a jury consultant, or help with research and preparation of exhibits to be presented in the case. According to career website Glassdoor.com, legal nurse consultants earn an average annual income of about $82,000, with upside earnings of $116,000 or more annually.

Medical sales

Medical sales companies benefit from nurses’ firsthand knowledge and experience with the medical devices and equipment they are selling. Working as a medical sales representative might require travel, long hours on the phone or in meetings, and sales skills such as relationship building, negotiation and prospecting. However, careers in medical sales are often financially rewarding and provide a suitable job option for those who enjoy working with people and building relationships.

Patient advocate

Working as a patient advocate is a fitting career for nurses who still want to continue to work directly with patients and their families, while making an impact from a nonclinical standpoint. Advocates help patients and their families to successfully navigate the health care system bureaucracy, including insurance companies, hospital system red tape, clinical research options and more. They ensure patients receive the highest quality of care for the best price, while protecting patients’ rights and