A nurse is responsible for assisting physicians and treating patients. However, there are some non-nursing jobs available to nurses who want to transition away from working with patients or enter another field. Typically, whether a nurse qualifies for non-nursing jobs depend on a person’s education, experience and specific job duties. However, some non-nursing jobs require a nurse to keep the RN license active.
A medical transcriptionist listens to recordings made by physicians. She then transcribes the information into documents such as medical history, medical reports, discharge summaries, progress notes, correspondence and takes note of discrepancies to check later with the physician. A transcriptionist works in a physician’s office, medical library or her home. Typically, a medical transcriptionist needs an associate's degree or certificate in medical transcription. However, since a nurse is already familiar with medical terminology, she may only need refresher courses and training, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
A nurse educator is responsible for teaching nursing students at a postsecondary institution such as a university or teaching hospital. She teaches general nursing courses each semester and may teach nursing courses in her specialization, if she had one during her career, such as dermatology or nephrology. She also develops lesson plans and advises student nurses. Although the minimum requirement to work as a nurse educator is a current nursing license and years of work experience, most nurse educator have a master’s degree in nursing, according to Explore Health Careers.
A nurse researcher is responsible for studying different medical conditions, health and health care. Typically her goal is to find ways to improve health and services. She conducts studies to obtain data and writes a report about the study's findings. In addition, she writes grant proposals to obtain funding for projects and journal articles to share her findings with colleagues. A nurse researcher works in a laboratory, university or non-profit organization. Some positions require an advanced postsecondary degree, such as master’s degree or doctorate degree in nursing.
Medical and Health Information Manager
A medical and health information manager, also called a health care administrator, is responsible for the upkeep, maintenance and security of patient records. She makes sure that all Federal regulations regarding patient records are followed. In addition, she makes sure that patient records are accurate and only available to people who are authorized to look at them. The medical and health information manager also oversees, directs and coordinates the day-to-day operations of a clinic or medical practice with a physician. A bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in areas such as health care administration may be needed for this job. However, on-the-job experience can substitute for formal education, according to BLS.