I don't want to work in a hospital. What non-traditional nursing options are there for me?
Only about 50% of actual nursing positions are at "traditional" places of employment. Plenty of other options exist.
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How does an associate degree in nursing (ADN) differ from a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)?1
More and more employers are requiring a BSN, so for those looking to receive/have already received a ADN, a BSN is the next step. A BSN is a four-year degree and an ADN is a two-year degree. Nurses with a BSN are allowed to work in some fields that a RN is not. If you want to continue your education after earning an ADN, you can continue working while pursuing your BSN.
What can you do with an associate degree in nursing?1
After earning your degree and passing the NCLEX-RN exam, you will be qualified for a staff nurse (an entry level position) for a hospital, nursing facility, or other health care services. Some hospitals even offer internships to new nurses to help them gain knowledge in specialty areas.
What can you do with a bachelor's degree in nursing?1
Those with BSNs are offered more responsibility than those with an associate degree. You could work in several settings from public/private hospitals, physicians' offices, home health care services, to nursing facilities. Those with a BSN are more likely to work in a supervisory capacity.
Those who gain their BSN must also pass the national licensing exam and a background check.
What can you do with a Master of Science in Nursing?2
Those with a master's degree in nursing (MSN) choose a specialty. Specialties include:
- nurse midwife,
- nurse practitioner,
- clinical nurse specialist, or
- nurse anesthesiologist.
All of these specialties have areas of specialization within them, as well. Once you gain a MSN you can work in a specialized field or become a nurse educator. Nurse educators teach in colleges, universities, junior colleges, hospitals, and technical/trade schools.
1. http://www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/nursing/blog/what-can-you-do-with-associate-degree-in-nursing/ 2.http://www.allnursingschools.com/msn/