Many nurses give up late night hours, on-call holiday shifts and long hours upon retirement. However, many retired nurses still wish to use their skills in a different capacity. As explained by Jeanne Novotny, Doris Lippman and Nicole Sanders, authors of the book, “One Hundred and One Careers in Nursing,” this field takes several directions including law, writing and even politics.
Several law firms hire nurses part-time for insight regarding medical malpractice lawsuits. Attorneys use the expertise of nurses to prove or disprove claims made in the case. For example, a nurse can recognize if an administered dose of medicine given to a patient was too high. Most of a legal nurse’s job is spent poring over medical and legal documents as part of their job requirement.
Peace Corps Volunteer
According to the Peace Corps website, this government program has no upper age limit. In fact, the website states that older volunteers are often treated with more respect than their younger counterparts in the host countries. Nurses generally apply in the health category of the program and spend two years in the fields of public health education and health extension. Thus, nurses might spend their days in a Costa Rican village teaching sex ed or administering vaccinations to a group of students. Benefits of the program include health insurance, language courses, a small salary while abroad and a stipend of more than $6,000 upon completion of the program.
Nurses are prime candidates for jobs as a respite workers; these workers go to the homes or facility of an elderly or disabled person and perform various tasks. Administering medical care, house cleaning, grocery shopping and providing companionship are a few tasks of a respite worker. Families usually hire these workers part or full time for an hourly wage.
Student Health Worker
Teaching high school or college students about sexual health, eating disorders, binge drinking and other pertinent issues are all part of the job of a student educator. These workers are employed by the university and may write or distribute information in pamphlets, presentations or by phone. For example, Columbia University’s “Go Ask Alice!” program relies on student health educators to answer questions asked by students regarding suicidal tendencies and even premature hair loss.
Textbooks, advertising, health websites and several other fields need nurses to write material. Pharmaceutical companies, media organizations and publication companies are a few fields that hire nurses for their strong writing skills and medical expertise. The salary for a medical writer varies depending on the outlet, but the American Medical Writer’s Association explains that in 2007, the average salary of a medical communicator is $60,167.