What nursing positions are available to new grads that are not hospital jobs?
You can work in a clinic! It has great hours and if it is part of a larger medical group will have similar benefits to hospital employees. One thing to remember when comparing pay, you get a full 40 hrs a week instead of 36, so those extra 4 hours can make a difference in the few dollars an hour less you make
Multiple out patient opportunities exist. In clinics, testing facilities, specialty practices, pharmacies, home health and hospice care. The possibilities are pretty much endless. It doesn’t hurt to have 1 year hospital experience first, but it is possible for a new grad to go straight in to out patient. The pay will not be comparable, but the hours are worth the trade off.
There are many many jobs for nurses that are not hospital jobs. There are assisted living nursing jobs, you can find jobs in school nursing with your states department of health or office of school health, there are jobs within the department of health as well. There are also home health nursing jobs as well. Good luck, I wish you the best.