Medical Transcription: According to the HayGroup, Medical Transcriptionists fall into three categories. An experienced nurse may be qualified at the highest, “Professional” level. This level requires an expert understanding of clinical terms and can research complex questions related to documentation. To further establish credibility in this field there are opportunities to pursue certification as a Medical Transcriptionist or Healthcare Documentation Specialist. This role is key to providing consistent documentation of patient care and is becoming more in demand due to the HITECH Act part of HIPAA.
Medical Writing: Perhaps you are the nurse that is quick to understand how to use the newest IV pumps, medications, and other patient care devices. Practically everything used in patient care comes with instructions, Quick Reference Guides, and other written documentation to support its use. Nurses can often translate highly technical procedures into easy to understand terms. This is a critical skill. If you are a good writer, this may be a wonderful opportunity to have a meaningful impact on how patient care is ultimately delivered. Confusing directions can lead to user error, which cannot be tolerated in the clinical setting.
Recruiting: A well-experienced Registered Nurse will have a unique perspective on spotting nursing and clinician talent. Any company who benefits from a clinician staff (in and out of a healthcare facility) will need strong and talented human resources recruiters. Recruiting is a skill in and of itself, so you should not expect to simply walk into a recruiting position. However, if you enjoy working with people and matching skills to unmet needs, this may be the role for you. An effective nurse recruiter will be an asset to the company by creating a mutual benefit between the company and applicants, filling positions quickly with highly talented individuals.