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I'm finding it hard to get a non-bedside nursing job lately (in the IE in SoCal). I have one year of experience (float pool RN) and yearning to get out of bedside. Is anyone else having the same issue or have any tips/leads?

July 21st, 2022

Try Correctional Nursing. Its ever changing, no day is the same. You aren't bedside so ( no turning patients, dressing patient etc.) The majority of your patient population is r ambulatory. You can work in jail or a prison. I preferred jail because people usually weren't incarcerated for a long time and didn't have time to study your every move.
Its a kind of nursing you will either love, or hate, and you will pretty much know where you stand within a couple of shifts.

If you have virgin ears or are not thick skinned, don't bother to apply. But if you feel you're up for an interesting nursing experience, try it. You can also access some YOUTUBE on correctional nursing and it will give you an idea of what things look like.

July 14th, 2022

There are jobs with Anthem and Magellan if you want to do UR work remotely. It's M - F 8-5.

July 3rd, 2022

Check out The Remote Nurse! She has a website and Facebook page where she post tons of jobs that range from case management, patient monitoring, tele-triage, etc.

June 2nd, 2022

Have you picked an area you want to move to? Start taking CEUs for that area to show you are truly interested and are proactively taking steps to prepare yourself.

With one year experience it may be a bit harder but continue to persevere.

May 10th, 2023

I am an RN and am working in the correctional facility for the past 6 months . I used to work as an LVN for around 3 years 7-8 years ago, went back to school etc , and now applied in a woman's facility. It's a really dynamic environment, always changing and demanding . Once you learn the system you are set! Yes , you will either love it or hate it like someone mentioned before me. I love the challenges, the pay and the benefits, but if you have a family and little children there is no work- life balance , it's non stop ... However, the money and benefits are great! If you have a good support system at home , You could try it for 6 months and see , it's really personal , depends from person to person .... It might be worth the try ...Another option is school nursing or working in an ambulatory setting ... Goodluck!

August 26th, 2022

Become a peritoneal dialysis nurse with Davita! Literally the best job. Make your own schedule, 4 10hr shifts, great team of nurses. A lot of benefits. I left bedside 7 years ago…never going back.

June 3rd, 2022

I'm having the opposite problem, but I think that a year of experience is a minimum requirement for most opportunities that are away from the bedside. I agree with the previous response of deciding which field you are interested in pursuing and working towards that.

There are so many options outside of bedside that you may still not be interested in, but I would apply to the ones that you are interested in and look at their minimum qualifications in additions to their preferred. You will start seeing a pattern and then work on whatever you don't have for minimum and then preferred.

Also, reaching out to recruiters or responding to them may also help you find your perfect career. Good luck!

July 12th, 2022

Try Community Health Nursing i.e. Health Center. Since the pandemic, a lot of nurses shifted to non hospitals job. CVS has primary health nursing too

July 7th, 2022

It took me 7 years of applying to get a non-bedside position; people get those jobs and they never leave for good reasons. I'm definitely having more work life balance M-F 8-430, and while making the same or more income.

July 5th, 2022

Not sure what part of IE you're in, but I'm in San Bernardino, CA and know of some non-bedside opportunities.

I had the opposite problem because I got my license at the start of the pandemic and couldn't find a hospital position easily. I started my nursing journey as a jail nurse at SB county jail, then worked staff per diem out at a hospital in Anaheim, and now currently do short term hospital contracts in most of SoCal area (I'm currently out in Monterey Park rn). I also do school nursing part-time (you don't need a credential for my position), so you have a couple of options and honestly, it just depends on what you're looking for. I've had friends offer me positions in occupational health nursing (there's quite a few warehouses in SB city that employ this kind of nurse), and I've seen a lot of clinic-type positions pop up as well. There are office-based positions, remote positions, etc. as well. DM if you'd like specific information because there are def a lot of options in our area, and even more you're willing to expand your search to surrounding areas. I know of a lot of opportunities in OC as well, but not too much in LA (I vehemently hate the traffic and try not to accept assignments/jobs there if I can help it), although I can def point you in the right direction if that's what you're looking for lol.

June 23rd, 2022

Perhaps you might consider Health Informatics. It would require some additional training. If you have a college degree, check out the certification program at University of South Florida. It is a four course program online. If you took the 8 week courses back to back, it would take you 32 weeks to complete. You might consider applying to the Masters program as the first four courses are the certification courses! You can choose to take additional courses past the certification and it looks good on a resume that you are enrolled in a master’s program.
If no degree, check out UC Davis. They have a certification program. Online and six courses. If you took one at a time, it would take you 1 1/2 years to complete.
Health z informatics is dealt with the electronic medical records. Good luck!

November 1st, 2022

Have you looked into ambulatory surgical centers or clinics? typically the pay is slightly less but still livable wage, no weekends call or holidays...

August 7th, 2022

La Care is hiring for remote positions.

August 7th, 2022

My name is Stephanie Yellin I work as a School Nurses for Los Angeles Unified School District who is hiring Nurses with BSNs or a BA in anything go to and search nursing and right on the Nursing home page is information on the job and information on salary or how to apply. I left Kaiser to get my masters and thought oh I’ll work 5 years and I have never returned. I really enjoy what I am doing and have worked in different schools and done all grade school levels and found the area I love to work.

July 18th, 2022

Look at the career websites for the major health insurance plans in Southern California. Lots of remote positions and it would help if you have experience or at least some knowledge of Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans, Quality Improvement, Case Management, Utilization Management, etc. Good luck!

June 29th, 2022

Altamed has lots nursing positions in LA and OC including ambulatory clinic, nurse supervisors, UM dept, referral nurses, case management, etc. Just search careers at Altamed.

August 7th, 2022

Consider working at an asc, I work prn at an eye surgery center and it is relatively stress free and I have a great work life balance. GI surgery centers are a bit busier, you just have to get lucky that the place has good management cause that really makes or breaks your experience

September 23rd, 2023

Hello!! I onlhave worked in medsurge for 6 months and I got a position as a correctional nurse in lacounty . If you speak another language you are highly valued! Especially Spanish. I also have had interviews for other positions like home health. Do not let anyone discourage you from seeking elsewhere because you have only a year experience, that is old school mentality! Nurses are needed everywhere right now and willing to train you. Don't let people tell you other wise, if you look you will find!

September 21st, 2022

Hi there. If you have any interest in wound care, it is in great demand. Wound care nurses are bedside but in and out. I have done this for 30 years and in between I have done labor and delivery for a change. Wound care is a massive field and many management roles come from there. Hospitals like Kindred/Scion out near you would be a good start. Kindred Ontario. Kindred Rancho. Best of luck and really just thanks for being in the profession. No matter what road you take. You are valued.

October 23rd, 2023

Have you considered going into clinical research? Clinical research associates (CRA) and study coordinators are involved in monitoring and conducting research studies for investigational drugs and devices. There are many nurses who transition to this field due to its closeness to healthcare. People in these roles come from many varied backgrounds but nurses do exceptionally well. You should do searches for Clinical Research Associate and see what training and opportunities there are.

May 12th, 2023

Correctional Nursing is the answer!! I feel the safest place to work. You will have a deputy when you see patients. No call lights!!

October 24th, 2022

I have been an RN for 30 years and am done with bedside nursing. I agree with you. I am really having a difficult time working without going back to facility nursing.

September 5th, 2023

My question is what is happening that is making you yearning to leave bedside. Then I could direct you more adroitly.

December 5th, 2022

Try an IVF Clinic, they have RN jobs as Coordinator's and PACU/recovery. School nursing is great in a private school especially in SoCal, all the private schools have nurses now, or in a public school district, (you will need to get a credential eventually if you have a BS that is not difficult for the public school) Also, there are many outpatient clinics associated with Kaiser and UCLA in
SoCal. Incredible Health seemed to be doing a lot of placements these days, you could sign up with them.

August 25th, 2022

I would recommend taking just a couple of classes and getting your PHN (Public health nurse license). I got mine simply because my nursing school had ONE public health class added to their curriculum. So it should not take much to add those extra CEUs and get this license. Then and only then (they won't accept applicants w/o PHN license), apply for county public health nurse positions. Most are DESK job only. My nursing school friend knew she never wanted to do bedside so this is the route she took. She now makes more money than bedside nursing (starts lower initially though). Working M-F, every other Fri off (they work 9 or 10 hour days and get a long weekend every other week). Paid for every holiday without having to work it, gets 4 weeks vacation after 10 years there. Gets a PENSION which is invaluable. She works for Dept of Family & Children Services, ensuring foster kids have their vaccinations, are getting check ups, etc. All desk work. No bedside or hands on. BTW, I am in OC and she is in LA County, so this info is local to you.

March 2nd, 2023

I am a work comp RN case manager - no bedside! Some companies- including the one I work for ( Arch Care Consultants) will hire RNs w no experience in this area and train the right person

September 28th, 2023

What is making you want to get away from the bedside? What kind of positions have you been seeking to get away from the bedside? Do you have some particular areas of interest you would like to work?

July 12th, 2023

Try applying to a home health case manager position.

December 5th, 2022

It is not what you know, It is who you know. Good luck in your search

November 2nd, 2022

Try case management. We have open positions in case management within kaiser.

September 12th, 2022

I came out of bedside to Case Mamagement. Left SoCal though and moved here in Far Northern and I'm loving my job so far. Decent pay too. Look up Home and Health Care Management for RN jobs.

August 31st, 2022

I did spend 6 years working from home for Anthem. Try all the insurance companies and plan on getting your ccm. This is a certified case manager. This was an invaluable experience for me as I learned how to navigate my patient's health care.

I have been a RN since 1978 and currently work as a family nurse practitioner and psychiatric nurse practitioner.

August 29th, 2022

Have you tried “befriending” a member of a team/specialty you wish to join? That might be where you get “real” insight. As a Director of Performance Improvement Departments for over 20 years, I always respected someone who really wanted to see what the day to day work
involves. I have always been glad to sit down with interested RNs to answer questions and give them a real overview. A recommendation from someone on my team or someone showing real interest will always carry a bit of extra weight in the hiring process.

August 29th, 2022

There are so many varied nursing jobs. You can be an occupational health nurse you can be a school nurse, or utilization review RN, appeal RN so many opportunities

August 26th, 2022

I think you can get into Case Management in some places. Good luck.

July 18th, 2022

Many work from home positions are emerging now with tech. We are training staff that work from home every week. We will be offering public training soon with CEUs

April 8th, 2024

Try nursing in Corrections. I’m in immigration health services. No bedside. It’s a typical urgent clinic. You draw scheduled labs and maybe put an IV of fluids then send them out via EMS if an emergency. Pay is great and benefits okay. Lots of OT. There’s politics everywhere. The detainees or inmates are people like everyone else. At least you know what to expect unlike in public health everybody is unpredictable. You don’t know who is crazy these days. Corrections, it’s s either you like it or you don’t.

April 7th, 2024

I got started in infection control nursing, and it’s not completely non-bedside, but it’s more admin than bedside. It’s a lot to learn, but if you’re up for the challenge, totally worth it.

Other non-bedside positions-
1:1 school nurse
Certified School Nurse
Infection Control

Start looking into skilled nursing facilities- they always have admin positions open. All it takes is one person to give you a chance when you have no experience.

When I was hired as ICP, I had no experience and was applying as a floor nurse, but mentioned I was interested in leadership positions and boom. Got the chance.

Good luck !!!

January 26th, 2024

I’ve been in critical care most of 30 years and I got a job doing home health. It’s easy and hardly any stress! And fun! Autonomous flexible schedule and not a lot of time.

January 2nd, 2024

I would also be curious as to why you want to leave the bedside. I recently went into admissions after being a floor, then charge nurse for a neuro rehab unit. I think it is very difficult to get.your skills down as a new nurse who floats - typically in our hospital the float nurses are experienced and don't mind going to different units as they enjoy the flexibility in their work schedule. However, they are expected to work without much supervision so I think as a new nurse I would find that very intimidating. As well all units are different in the types of patients and the workload, how well staff work together as a team and so on. I switched to admissions due to getting older and needing a different workflow, not because I didn't like what I was doing (I just knew that I wouldn't have the energy to keep doing it at some point and wanted to switch before that happened).

April 28th, 2023

My old job is hiring a clinic nurse: Los Angeles Christian health centers. It’s in skid row and you help the homeless and they also have a street team rn position where you go into encampments and treat people there. I highly recommend it. It’s super low key work and extremely rewarding.

March 30th, 2023

If Covina isn’t too far for you look in Aurora Charter Oak Behavioral health. It’s behavioral health.

March 19th, 2023

Public Health Nursing is another option. Non bedside.

February 25th, 2023

Yes and I had the same problem before the pandemic. Absolutely refuse the bedside position. Do not allow them to coerce you into taking the bedside position.

February 22nd, 2023

There was another nurse below who also made a great suggestion if you don't mind working in Corrections. They have an infirmary which is more because care but it's closer to like a SNF, but you can also learn some very valuable skills in the outpatient clinics where you triage and provide nursing care. Many Correctional Facilities also have standing orders. You can learn a lot of valuable skills there that insurance companies or remote companies who need remote nurses to triage over the phone will strongly seek.

A Headhunter is also a good way to get your foot in the door sometimes. They work hard for you to get you in the door. A recruiter or a headhunter, in Google it. Once you make a couple of profiles they'll never leave you alone trust me. Good luck

February 22nd, 2023

I know it may not seem like the answer that you want to hear, but many non bedside positions would like for you to have at least 2 years of recent bedside experience. However, I would also suggest looking into insurance companies. Still they may want at least two years of experience. It may be over before you know it. Good luck.

December 30th, 2022

It is better to have more than one year of acute bedside nursing as it hones in on your critical thinking skills, assessment and the ability to work and think under pressure. There is nothing like acute care bedside nursing when it comes to education.

December 21st, 2022

I am having the issue and I live in the same area. Only difference is, I have many years of experience but in one area. I didn't want to leave my area; but circumstances beyond my control, caused it to happen. I have been trying to get a job off of the floor for years. They always tell me I didn't get it and they went with someone that had MORE EXPERIENCE.

December 16th, 2022

I have the opposite problem in Northern California. For every 50,000 home health/hospice/community health positions, I have found 2 new grad programs in my area for hospital jobs.

December 15th, 2022

Look up SCA HEALTH they are a
Huge entity with tons of ASC locations
Good luck!

December 14th, 2022

Yes I realize that lately. I’ve worked 40+ years continuously with previous acute care . Last twenty years has been out-patient cardiology.Trying to find something different even a nursing home. Recruiters tell me I need at least 1 year of skilled nursing home to be accepted for a job in a nursing home???? I guess previous experiences don’t count????

December 12th, 2022

Yes , I have been a bedside care RN for 32 years and for personal reason ready for a desk job, I have help case manager and I know it is not for me. I have a bsn, crrn. But still in the past people are not willing to give me a chance or it is too far. But just hang on the opportunity will come.

August 26th, 2022


July 3rd, 2022

I'm RN which I still have Bsc nursing science. I need bedside nursing

March 28th, 2024

I have been a nurse for 43 yrs and loved my bedside nursing, skilled facility nursing, ER, home health, primary care. 1st question, why did u get into nursing? 2: What r your goals? Where do u see yourself in 10yrs, 20, 30.
We all had to gain experience working inpatient. The time there is invaluable & 1 yr isn’t enough. And are u in nursing 4 the right reason?

June 21st, 2022

Check There are multiple positions for ambulatory care available and I know our clinic has been needing to fill a spot for several years.

June 21st, 2022


September 19th, 2022

I would not hire you yet either. You need to get more experience before you leave the bedside. One year is nothing when patients are so complicated today.

June 21st, 2022

Because you have not prepared for that