It’s no secret that nursing often involves working under a lot of pressure for long hours at a time. And the global COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated this, with around half of frontline nurses now reporting moderate to high stress levels.
But what if there were another way to care for the sick? What if it were possible to work as a nurse without putting yourself through all that stress and strain?
Luckily, it is possible. What few people realize is that some of the easiest nursing jobs around are no less rewarding and enriching than other, far more stressful roles.
Are you interested in learning more about these easier nursing roles? Let’s take a look!
If you’re looking to swap a stressful nursing career and have a passion for teaching, it could be worth taking on further training to become a nurse educator.
Nurse educators usually work in colleges, universities, and hospitals. Their role involves training aspiring nurses based on their own clinical placement experience. But, since one of the prerequisites of becoming a nurse educator is holding an advanced degree, you would need to complete an MSN or higher.
As a nurse educator, you’ll provide critical education to future nurses and help to teach them training techniques relevant to their roles. But, while the role comes with a lot of responsibility, the environment will be a lot less pressurized and the hours won’t be as exhausting. And in many ways, you’ll make an even greater impact on patient care than you would by continuing to work as a nurse.
While we’re on the subject of working in an educational facility, how about becoming a school nurse? School nurses are an integral part of all schools, making this role a great option for those who love the idea of working with children. What’s more, only working during term time means no weekends, no holidays, no summers, and definitely no night shifts!
The role itself involves ensuring that the children in your care are safe and healthy. Day-to-day tasks will include first aid for minor injuries and giving daily medication to those who need it. Keeping student medical records up-to-date would be another aspect of your role, while you may also need to provide information about diet and health maintenance.
For many, the hours and almost stress-free conditions make it one of the easier nursing jobs. But, you will most likely be working alone as schools tend to only have one school nurse. As such, this might not be for you if you prefer working within a team.
Nurses don’t only work in hospitals, they can also work in a variety of healthcare clinics, from pediatric offices to family doctor clinics.
As a clinic nurse, you’ll still be interacting with patients every day, but without the fast-paced and often stressful conditions of working in a hospital setting. This is because clinics are smaller and patients usually only attend when they have an appointment. As such, the workflow of a clinic nurse is constant but steady, making it easier to manage your time and resources.
Tasks can include assessing patients, educating patients on various healthcare topics, dealing with any inquiries that come in, telephone triage nursing, and performing medical tests. So, while you’d have to be an expert at multitasking, you can look forward to more stable hours and no overnight shifts.
If you’re looking to expand your nursing horizons, working as a traveling nurse could be the perfect path for you. While the idea of getting to travel to new places and work as a nurse might sound too good to be true, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get paid and have a vacation all at once.
Cruise ships, airlines, and resorts all have a legal requirement to have nurses on their staff. Without these traveling nurses, there would be no way for these businesses to care for their clientele in an emergency. Depending on where this exciting role takes you, you’ll likely treat patients for minor injuries and illnesses. You may also need to administer vaccinations and daily medications, and if necessary, create treatment plans for patients in need of further medical care.
Of course, as well as getting to provide medical help for people in far-flung locations, you’ll also enjoy a generous vacation package and many other benefits involved with working for a corporation.
Although working as a case management nurse isn’t for everyone, one of the main benefits it offers is a slower pace of patient care.
Case management nurses are professionals who work with patients over extended periods. They oversee the long-term care plans of patients in need of ongoing medical assistance, such as those with HIV/AIDS or cancer. As such, the role allows you to provide a more individualized and focused approach.
Case management nursing also means not having to sacrifice the direct patient care that many nurses enjoy. But, you won’t have to deal with the unpredictability of hospital nursing as you’ll soon get used to your patients and the subtleties of their condition. Also, focusing on a limited number of patients – instead of having to treat as many people as you can as fast as possible – is often a welcome change of pace.
Nursing is far from an easy profession. But as this list shows, some of the easiest nursing jobs available can offer you different ways to make a difference.
Working for a nursing placement agency is another possibility we haven’t covered here. Agency nursing can be more rewarding for nurses who enjoy flexibility, quality of care, and freedom, as well as the opportunity to gain experience in various departments.
Whether you’re new to nursing, considering a change of role, or looking for a place nurse, feel free to contact us at Thornbury Nursing Services for more information about our nursing placement services!