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What are all the different careers you can do with a BSN degree More specifically, what are some of the travel opportunities that are available to RN's? What are the options nationally and internationally? ?

I am currently in school for nursing, and want to become more aware of all of the options available to RN's. I know there are so many jobs out there for nurses, and I want to learn about them all.

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Nikki’s Answer

There are so many travel opportunites! It would be impossible to list them all.

The biggest thing is going to be figuring out your specialty prior to traditional or international traveling. Most places want 2 ish years of experience in your area before applying to travel positions whether that'd medical surgical nursing, labor and delivery nursing, emergency, pediatrics, etc.

There are also multiple opportunites away from the bedside like medical equipment and biotechnology sales/instructiom for nurses again with a few years of experience.

Find a type of bedside nursing that makes your heart happy for a few years and then start exploring!
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Dr. Krista Penn’s Answer

Sign up for the military! My journey in the Navy Nurse Corps Reserves has been incredibly fulfilling. As a military nurse, you'll have countless opportunities to travel, hone your skills, further your education, and develop crucial leadership abilities. In my civilian life, I serve as an executive health care administrator and hold a Doctoral degree. I wouldn't be in this position today if I hadn't seized the opportunities the military provided to enhance my nursing career. So, why wait? The military has so much to offer you. Take the leap and enrich your nursing career just like I did!
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Karin’s Answer

Hi Julia,

A qualification as an RN can open up many opportunities to travel and be paid well, both within the US and abroad.

There is the option to stay with one employer and be deployed to their different locations, e.g. Mayo Clinic.

Then there is the option to sign up as a travel nurse and work on typically 4 to 26 week assignments in different places in the US.

And there is the option to be an international travel nurse and work in a different country. Those assignments are often longer, 1 year and up.

A slightly different option would be to go with an international organisation to crisis regions, war regions, natural desasters etc. where medical care is needed urgently.

I would recommend that you first get a few of years of experience under your belt before you venture out. There will be enough new things to learn when you are new on the job in a stable environment.

I have attached a couple of links for you.

I hope this helps! Good luck on your world travels!

KP

Karin recommends the following next steps:

https://jobs.mayoclinic.org/travelrn
https://www.nursingworld.org/resources/individual/how-to-become-travel-nurse
https://www.allnursingschools.com/travel-nursing/international/
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Martin’s Answer

The variety of roles available to a Registered Nurse (RN) is truly vast and exciting. You have a world of opportunities in diverse areas like clinical practice, business, insurance, consulting, coding and billing, advertising, sales, and many more. Each of these fields can be mixed and matched to create a unique career path that suits your interests. As you gain experience, especially in bedside nursing, you'll start to discover your passions and preferences. This will guide you towards the career direction you wish to delve deeper into. So, go ahead and complete your degree, immerse yourself in a clinical setting, and then identify what truly sparks your joy and chase after it. Your career as an RN is a thrilling journey of exploration and growth. Go forth and make the most of it!
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Megan’s Answer

Hey Julia! Embracing nursing as a profession is truly an exciting journey. It's a field that opens up a world of possibilities, limited only by your passion and imagination. In my 12 years of nursing, I've had the privilege of exploring a multitude of roles:

Direct Patient Care:
I've worked in Cardiac Telemetry, the Emergency Department - catering to both adults and children, in various settings like Level 1, Private, County, and large facilities with over 100 beds. I've also traveled extensively as an ED nurse, gaining experience in a variety of emergency departments.
Interventional Radiology is another area where I provided direct patient care.

Leadership Roles:
I've held positions of responsibility such as House Supervisor, Nurse Manager, and Senior Manager of Pharmacy Quality.

Quality/Safety:
I've worked as a Quality and Compliance Coordinator for a transplant program and as a Program Manager of patient safety.

Currently, I'm leading a team of quality investigators for a pharmacy company, supervising a diverse group including pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, nurses, and unlicensed personnel. Over time, I've discovered my strengths lie in quality, patient safety, and leadership. However, these are just a few examples of the countless opportunities a nursing degree can offer.

Regarding travel, I've had the pleasure of working as a traveling ED nurse within the US and its territories. But the world is your oyster! You can certainly explore opportunities beyond the US. I've seen nurses venture to places like Australia and Saudi Arabia. Other international options are also available. If you're interested in combining travel with nursing, consider roles like flight nursing or cruise ship nursing. A colleague of mine who worked as a nurse on a cruise ship absolutely loved the experience. Wishing you all the best as you discover your own unique path in nursing!
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