Many opportunities for a nursing degree

You don’t have to apply that nursing degree to the night shift in the ICU.

A nursing degree doesn’t have to lead to a job in a hospital.

“Let your career go hand-in-hand with your hobbies and interests,” says author and geriatric care manager Marion Somers. “If you love to travel, you could consider becoming a nurse for a cruise ship. There are so many nontraditional paths you can take with that nursing degree. A nurse will always find a job, but you may have to walk in and ask for the position to be created.”

For the less whimsical, here are four positions that already exist for nurses with unique skills and education.

Clinical project manager
Project manager for clinical testing

“When a [drug] trial is going on, there’s a lot of moving parts,” says Steven Raz, co-founder and managing partner of Cornerstone Search Group in New Jersey. “There needs to be the documentation, protocol must be followed and you need to stay within budget. All that information gets rolled into a project. Nurses have likely been through clinical trials. They already have the knowledge of what’s happening at testing sites.”

Transplant coordinator
Key corespondent and organizer for transplant patients

“[A] transplant coordinator is an advanced practice health care professional. It requires critical thinking, communication and organizational skills,” says Pat McDonough, RN, live donor transplant coordinator at New York’s Montefiore Medical Center. “After working in the ICU for 18 years, becoming a transplant coordinator opened a whole new world to me.”

Drug safety operations
Fielding calls and concerns about drug reactions

“When a patient calls in a bad reaction to a drug, the nurses offer a very good perspective because they can relate to the patients and understand what they’re going through better than a non-nurse,” says Raz.

Long-term care planner

Planning and organizing assisted care for the elderly

“As our population ages and health care becomes more digital, there are avenues opening up for nurses who can navigate technology,” explains Patrick Coonan, dean and professor at Adelphi University School of Nursing in New York. “Health care is moving to keeping people out of the hospital — so care coordination, wellness and nutrition teaching and life counseling are areas where nurses will increasingly find new roles.”


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

MIT student, Rhodes scholar, dies

Eliana Hechter, a student at MIT and Harvard, died, her family said. The announcement was posted on MIT's website.

Local

Video: Car crashes into Cambridge store, man arrested…

A Cambridge man was arrested on gun and drug charges after crashing his car into a Massachusetts Avenue storefront early Saturday morning.

Local

Body found believed to be missing Fitchburg boy…

The body of a child found off of a highway in Sterling last week is likely that of missing Fitchburg boy Jeremiah Oliver, authorities said.

Local

Memorial held for Sean Collier, MIT police officer…

More than 1,600 people gathered at MIT on Friday for a memorial service for Sean Collier, the police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the…

Television

'Orphan Black' recap: Episode 1, ‘Nature Under Constraint…

Welcome to your first Season 2 “Orphan Black” recap! Hopefully Tatiana Maslany can help Tatiana Maslany get through this, with the help of Tatiana Maslany,…

Books

Poems from prison: 'How to Survive a Bullet…

Celebrate National Poetry Month with, "'How to Survive a Bullet to the Heart."

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox defeat Orioles, 4-2

Brock Holt the difference in the Red Sox' win

NHL

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump…

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump Bruins in Game 1

MLB

MLB video highlights: Orioles top Red Sox, 8-4…

John Lackey roughed up for second straight outing

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox

Travel

Packing: The one thing you need in your…

A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities…

Home

Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…

Travel

Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…

Parenting

4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.