You have an RN degree and now you are planning your career course. Perhaps you have just graduated or you have several years of experience working as a registered nurse and you want to know the options available to you in your chosen field. Your RN degree gives you the ability to work in various different capacities inside the hospital as well as in other positions outside the hospital setting.
Community Health RN
If you enjoy talking to people about health care you can use your RN degree to get a position as a community health nurse, educating the public on health issues. Community health nurses may work for a city, state or county government or even for a nonprofit organization. You will be responsible for making presentations to churches, community groups and schools on the importance of preventing certain health risks and achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Your work will include promoting healthy nutrition practices and physical fitness to a specific segment of the population depending on the area and the entity that has employed you.
As an occupational nurse, you may work for a large private company that employs a few hundred people. Companies may hire individuals with an RN degree to work with their employees to promote individual well-being as well as workplace health and safety. Employees appreciate the convenience of having a registered nurse available on staff and companies find it a cost effective way to help their workers. You will be responsible for managing an on-site clinic that services employees who need treatment for minor health issues as well as designing wellness programs and presenting instructional lectures on health. One particular industry that hires registered nurses directly is the insurance industry. You would be responsible for providing health information to their clients in order to help save money and keep costs down.
If you enjoy teaching and helping train other nurses, you can use your RN degree and years of experience to become a nurse educator. There are opportunities available to teach courses to those who are trying to become registered nurses as well as teaching experienced nurses in continuing education courses. You can use your expertise to help train others and improve their nursing skills. Your role as an educator can be provided in hospital and clinic settings or in other locations such as colleges, universities and nursing schools.
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