Non-Hospital Nursing Jobs

Nurses are some of the most highly sought-after healthcare professionals in the job market today. Most nurses work in hands on hospital settings, but there is a vast array of less traditional nursing job options for new graduates and career switchers outsides of the hospital. Duquesne University has developed an infographic to outline the different non-hospital jobs for nurses and some facts about them. Take a look at the graphic below for more information.

Non Hospital Nursing Jobs


  • 2.75 million Registered Nurses were employed in 2014. That number is expected to increase by 16% by 2024.
    • 61% work in hospitals
    • 39% work in other settings
  • 178,586 unique job postings for Registered Nurse positions were listed in the first quarter of 2017.
  • 56% of healthcare employers have been unable to find qualified candidates for their current open nursing positions.


Different Types of Non-Hospital Nursing Jobs

School Nurse: provide care to students in the nurse office, on the bus, or on a 1:1 basis.

Clinical Research Nurse: provide care for patients in clinical trial and report administrative data

Traveling Nurse: fill temporary staffing needs for nurses in medical facilities

Informatics Nurse: identify, support, and administer IT and computer networking needs related to patient care services.


Consulting and Self-Employment

Nurse Health Coach: help clients take control of their health and develop wellness and treatment plans

Life Care Planner: assist patients with terminal illnesses or long-term medical needs develop care plans and resolve related insurance, legal, and medical issues.

Nurse Navigator: aid patients by resolving insurance questions and billing issues, and help them get the best care they can afford.

Legal Nurse Consultant: serve as an expert witness in court and interpret medical records for legal matters.

Concierge Nurse: provide hands-on care to patients via house calls.

Occupational Nurse: design and administer health and safety programs in settings outside of traditional medical facilities

Nurse Educator: oversee continuing education programs and requirements, and evaluating nursing staff in organizations of all types.

Other Industries: work in a variety of industries such as accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, payroll services, pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing, and federal executive branch.