Unique Nursing Job Opportunities

Have you decided you want to be a nurse, but you don’t want to work in a typical hospital or local clinic? Well, fortunately, the days have gone by where that is your only option. The healthcare industry is changing – and the nursing profession is moving right along with it.

There are unique nursing job opportunities available for both practical nurses (LPNs) or professional nurses (RNs), including ones that offer travel or sun, as well as lock-down and plastic surgery patients. It is important to look into the specific requirements for the position that interests you the most to see which nursing degree or certification is needed.

Take a peek at the following list to find out if you’re a good fit for one of these unique nursing job opportunities:

Camp Nurse

Working as a camp nurse would typically allow you to work outdoors, throughout the summer and be surrounded by children. You would provide care for minor illnesses and injuries, retrieve higher care when needed, administer medications, identify infectious diseases and implement plans to stop infections from spreading.

There are many things to consider when deciding to become a camp nurse, such as what type of camp you’d want to work at and the length of the camp.

“The most successful camp nurse has a genuine interest in being at camp, enjoys the type of people for whom they provide care, and likes being part of a team. Be a camp nurse because the opportunity intrigues you,” according to the Association of Camp Nurses (ACN).

Travel Nurse

A travel nurse works short-or long-term assignments locally and nationally and finds jobs either by becoming an independent contractor or through a travel nurse agency. If you decide to go through a travel agency, they could provide you with housing, which would mean you wouldn’t have to worry about rent or utilities. Other than what kind of travel nurse you want to become and housing, it is also important to consider travel allowances and the length of assignments when choosing whether to begin or change your career as a travel nurse.

People from all walks of life probably agree traveling is exciting, but what if it’s for work? Fortunately, travel nurses have the privilege of enjoying new experiences in new locations that they probably wouldn’t have experienced otherwise – all while helping out others, according to Travel Nursing Blogs.

Plastic Surgery Nurse

Plastic surgery nurses have become much more in demand as the popularity and frequency of plastic surgery has grown. A plastic surgery nurse helps patients undergoing and recovering from plastic surgery, which includes prepping the surgery room, preparing the patient for anesthesia and explaining the procedure to the patient.

These types of nurses work side-by-side with surgeons in the operating room, where procedures range from dermabrasion to breast augmentation, according to Johnson & Johnson’s, “The Campaign for Nursing’s Future.”

In addition, it is important to work at an office that has “board certified plastic surgeons.” Also, if you do not already have plastic surgical nursing experience, plastic surgical nursing certification is offered through the Plastic Surgical Nursing Certification Board after two years of plastic surgical nursing experience. After passing the exam, CPSN (certified plastic surgical nurse) can be listed as part of your credentials, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses 

Cruise Ship Nurse

Becoming a cruise ship nurse allows you to travel to interesting locations and meet people from all over the world. A ship’s nurse is a one-stop shop for passengers and crew. He or she must be helpful, caring, compassionate and have “mother-like” qualities.

Each ship has a medical team and the size of the team may differ. For example, according to P & O Cruises, their team includes two doctors and up to four nurses for about 4,800 passengers. Their medical center has an x-ray room, a consulting and treatment room and laboratory.

According to one RN from Carnival Cruise in an interview on NurseWeek’s website, the infirmary can change from a doctor’s office to urgent care to emergency room. Once the main clinic hours are over, paperwork and clerical duties take over since there is no clerical staff.

The nurses switch off schedules and shifts, and when time permits, enjoy some time ashore.

Correctional Nurse

A correctional nurse works with incarcerated patients held in state prisons, halfway houses and juvenile detention facilities.

“Correctional nurses are one part security; one part ER nurse; one part primary care nurse; and, if working in an infirmary, one part critical care nurse,” according to corrections.com. “[These nurses must] be able to change modes and change modes fast.”

These types of nurses must be able to deal with patients who have all kinds of diseases and diagnosis’, including hepatitis, HIV positive, hypertension or a stab wound…or they must deal with a patient with all of these at once.  

Correctional nurses perform many of same duties as a traditional nurse. However, one of the biggest differences is they must “operate within the confines of various imprisonment facilities.” In addition, correctional nurses must be extra careful about monitoring medical supplies, such as needles and scalpels, to ensure they and others at the correctional facility are kept safe.

So, what do you think? Are you a good fit for one of these unique nursing job opportunities? Please tell us your thoughts on these interesting jobs below in the comment section or on Facebook.

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