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You Have Your Nursing License – Now Where to Work?

November 24th, 2010 by – Marijke Durning

Now that you’re a graduate nurse, nursing license in hand, what are you going to do with it? There are so many possibilities, so many choices – which one is right for you? Here are a few examples of how varied work options are:

Travel nursing

Travel nursing is appealing to many nurses because it allows them to move from place to place without being tied down. Many nurses like not only the freedom of travel nursing, but they also like the variety. Some use the opportunity to see what areas of nursing they prefer before settling down. However, as appealing as travel nursing may be, it isn’t always an option open to new graduates. Most travel nursing agencies prefer that their nurses have at least a year or two of experience before they hire them.

So, if this is what you want to do, you may want to find a job – maybe on med-surg – to get your skills and practice in, and then apply to be a travel nurse.

Military nursing

Unlike travel nursing, military nursing is a commitment to one area and one employer – the military. But, in the military, you still may be sent to various places around the country or around the world. Some arms of the military take newly graduated nurses and even offer help in repaying student loans in return for a set time of service.

Many people don’t realize this, but military nursing can be just as varied as civilian nursing. Nurses work in all fields, including pediatrics and obstetrics, depending on where they are stations.

Home health care

Home health care nursing is quite different from hospital nursing and requires an ability to work alone. Nurses visit their patients in their homes and have to do their assessments without the benefit of asking a coworker for another opinion, for example. On the other hand, home health nurses also often end up caring for the same patients consistently, allowing them to get to know the patients well. This means they may notice little changes in a patient that other health care staff may not have the opportunity to see.

Some home health services do hire new graduates, but it is often recommended that nurses have some experience in hospital care first, so they can fine tune their assessment skills first.

Office nurse

Not everyone wants to work in the hospital environment and for some, the doctor’s office or a medical clinic setting is just right. What a nurse does in a doctor’s office depends entirely on the doctor and the setting. Some nurses do a lot of administrative work in addition to their nursing tasks, while others do strictly nursing work.

If an office job interests you, it is important that you understand before you begin how much nursing you will be doing, so you aren’t disappointed if the job does turn out to be more clerical.

Correctional services nursing

Now here’s a job that not many people may consider, but it’s one that many nurses find satisfying: nursing in a correctional facility.

Nurses who work in prisons see a great variety of health issues, as whatever happens “outside,” also happens in the prisons. The nurses work with physical, as well as mental issues, as they work with the inmates on a daily basis.

While the thought of working behind prison walls may be intimidating, for some nurses, it’s the only thing they want to do.

There are scores more types of work environments for new nurses. What is interesting you?

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