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By Catherine Conlan
When people think of nurses, they often think of
professionals who help at a patient’s bedside. But nursing is more than direct
patient care. Many nurses look into administrative positions as a way to take
advantage of a job with daytime hours, with no lifting, higher pay and other
perks. If you’re looking to get out of the day-to-day grind of nursing,
“While bedside nursing can be a rewarding career choice, it
can also be physically taxing and involve being on your feet for eight to 12
hours at a time, not to mention lifting both equipment and patients,” says
Nancy Brook, a nurse practitioner at Stanford University Medical Center.
“Moving to an office environment can offer the experienced nurse an opportunity
to use their expertise in health care from a desk, without any physical
demands. Hospital-based nursing is also a 24/7 position, while office based
work is most often a Monday-Friday position with daytime hours. Many hospital
nurses have missed out on holidays and special occasions with their families.”
If you’re looking to transition into an administrative
position, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. “Education, education,
education,” says Dr. Colleen Dutile, professor and director of nursing at
Kaplan University. “The continued growth of the mind helps the nurse to be
better prepared for the administrative world. I always encourage my current and
past students to continue their education. There is nothing that makes me more
proud than to see a former student engage in continuing their education.” Here
are five nursing jobs with daytime hours and no lifting.
“Throughout the U.S., the salary levels vary greatly,”
Dutile says. “The other element that is usually necessary to obtain an
administrative role or a case manager role is education. Many of these
positions require a minimum of a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree.”
A legal nurse consultant may evaluate care standards, causes
of injury or illness, damages and other issues in medical-legal cases or
claims. They analyze medical records, observe independent medical exams, serve
as expert witnesses and may even prepare evidence for trial or investigation.
They may work for law firms or insurance companies.
Clinical research associates work in laboratories,
conducting medical tests to ensure new medicines and procedures are safe. They
evaluate test results and may help recruit or screen patients. They may also be
consulted on how to conduct tests or oversee methodology. They are usually
employed by research hospitals or laboratories.
A nurse who works as a workers’ compensation analyst will
help evaluate workers’ compensation claims. Workers’ compensation analysts
review records of working conditions and reports of injuries that happen on the
job to determine whether a workers’ compensation ruling is advisable.
People with nursing backgrounds are well-suited for the
position of wellness coordinator. The duties may vary by location. Wellness
coordinators can work in human resources for a wide variety of companies, or
may work at residential long-care facilities, rehab facilities or other health
care locations. Wellness coordinators help oversee plans for people to improve
their health through nutrition, exercise and routine medical care.
Nurses who work as risk managers help employers identify and
mitigate risk in a health care facility. They examine procedures that help keep
patients and staff members safe, examine malpractice claims, and deal with
complaints from patients. Knowledge of federal and state regulations is helpful
in this job.
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