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30 Best Non-Clinical Nurse Practitioner Jobs in 2021


Written By: Donna Reese MSN, RN, CSN

As nursing professionals, direct patient care has been the center of our practice and has proven to be a rewarding aspect of our jobs. But sometimes working in a clinical environment can be very stressful for nurse practitioners. Are the frustrations of working in a hospital making you desperate to leave the bedside? Are you looking for a new challenge in your career that is a non-clinical nurse practitioner job? If this sounds like you, exploring the 30 best non-clinical jobs for nurse practitioners in 2021 listed in this article would be a great start. Read on as I answer the question of “what are the best non-clinical nurse practitioner jobs?” Hopefully, you will become excited about your NP career with so many non-clinical and unique job opportunities at your fingertips.


What Exactly Is A Non-Clinical Nurse Practitioner Job?


When I graduated from my MSN program as a family nurse practitioner, as far as I knew, job options for NPs were limited to a hospital, physician's office, or clinic. I chose to work in a large community clinic as it offered a variety of departments to float to since I had an NP degree that spanned all age groups. Little did I know that my role as a family nurse practitioner could lead to more job variety and expand exponentially beyond the traditional clinical environment.

If you are anything like me, I was not exactly sure what non-clinical jobs for nurse practitioners really encompassed. A non-clinical job basically means that you no longer are working in direct patient care. Many times, this means stepping away from a hospital environment but this is not necessarily always the case, as you will see in some of the non-clinical nurse practitioner jobs that I have listed below. In addition, some non-clinical jobs may include interaction with patients such as a hospital administrator. However, no “patient care” is involved so it is still categorized as a non-clinical position.


5 Pros And Cons Of Non-Clinical Nurse Practitioner Jobs


As you will come to realize, there are many advantages of non-clinical nurse practitioner jobs. Here are 5 pros to consider:

1. Not being a servant to your patients- Although most of us have found patient care to be a highlight of our nursing career and would not trade our patient experience for the world, it can be a relief to no longer be at the beck and call of patient needs and demands. Having the opportunity to use the lavatory when we want or take a full lunch break is one perk that only nursing professionals (and teachers) can truly understand the importance.
2. Not having to punch a timeclock- As a health writer, I can attest that one of my biggest joys of working in a non-clinical nurse practitioner job is that I no longer have the stress of needing to clock in at a specific time every day. I am sure that all NPs are expected to keep regular hours and be considerate about reporting to work on time. However, those of us who have worked inpatient know that it is frowned upon to be even a few minutes late, take an extra 5 minutes for lunch, or leave early, even if it is an emergency. This strict time pressure starts to wear you down over the years. To be free of this one simple requirement is surprisingly liberating!
3. Ability to get your work done- We all have had days (or weeks) where our jobs are so hectic and overscheduled that all you can do is put out fires. Deadlines come and go and the necessary work that had to be put aside due to just “staying afloat” starts to pile up. Working away from direct patient care allows time to get projects done and duties accomplished without constant interruption, which is tremendously satisfying for those who like to check off their to-do list.
4. Not having to take call and work weekends- Having regular 9-5 hours without being on call goes without saying that this schedule is preferred for NPs. Although not all non-clinical jobs for nurse practitioners offer desirable work schedules, many are designed to be accomplished during office work hours.
5. Not having to pick up colleague slack- As healthcare professionals, we all have known co-workers who tend to complain loudly while doing as little as possible on the job, call off sick frequently, and generally leave the bulk of the work up to others. Since the work involves patients, in all good consciousness, someone else still needs to do it. As NPs, we can not ignore rounds or the frantic parent who wants to talk to you about their child. In a non-clinical job without patients to care for, the unforeseen workload dump that we are all so familiar with is eliminated in most instances.

Honestly, there are not a lot of disadvantages of working non-clinical nurse practitioner jobs. However, there may be some cons to be aware of that are listed below:

1. Away from direct patient care- Although we all sometimes need a break from the daily grind of patient care, some NPs miss this component of nursing when stepping away from direct care with their patients for the long term.
2. Non-traditional environment- Some NPs may thrive in an entrepreneurial or non-traditional NP role. In contrast, others may flounder and feel out of their element when working in a non-clinical environment. An NP who chooses a career outside of a clinical role may need to possess a bit of an adventurous spirit to be happy in their new career path.
3. The benefits package may be less- Let’s face it, NPs working in hospitals make an excellent wage that usually comes with a generous benefits package. Non-clinical nurse practitioner jobs come in a variety of sizes and shapes pertaining to pay and benefits. Depending on what position you choose, you may not have any benefits at all. An awareness of the whole picture, such as insurance, retirement contributions, vacation pay, and educational compensation, is a key factor to consider when choosing a job.
4. You may feel like your medical skills and knowledge are going to waste- Many nursing professionals who have left a clinical environment worry that their nursing skills will get rusty when not utilized regularly. It may be true that when not using your hands-on NP skills, you may need a little refresher if your stitching or physical assessment skills go stale over time. However, like riding a bike, you have the knowledge and skill to return when the opportunity presents itself again.
5. Prestige may not be the same- We all have felt pride in being an advanced nurse professional and enjoy the status which comes with the title of a nurse practitioner. Depending on the non-clinical nurse practitioner job you choose, your nurse practitioner status may not be an important aspect of the position. You may even have some colleagues that are not even aware that you are an NP. Read on to see how some different jobs listed may highlight this point.


WHAT ARE THE BEST NON-CLINICAL JOBS FOR NURSE PRACTITIONERS?

(The following 30 Best Non-Clinical Jobs for Nurse Practitioners in 2021 provide varied options for NPs considering transitioning from the bedside to a non-clinical role.)

1. Clinical Research

The role of nurse researcher encompasses the analysis of health data to help advance all aspects of medicine, including disease, medication, and healthcare methods. Nurse practitioners can play a vital role in this field by conducting and interpreting studies and lab tests and organizing and reporting the statistics to medical researchers and doctors.

Nurse researchers enjoy much flexibility in their position and the work hours are typically 9-5 weekdays. Little to no patient contact is required and the environment is tranquil and unhurried. Listed as one of our best nurse practitioner non-clinical jobs, clinical research NPs can work in hospitals, higher teaching institutions, or pharmaceutical companies. Nurse practitioners working in clinical research play a critical role in the improvement of medicine throughout the world.

2. Medical Writer

It may come as a surprise for many nurse practitioners but there is a high demand for nurses who can write. NPs naturally are gifted with excellent writing skills due to their advanced education, which requires much clinical reading and writing for schooling and employment. With your advanced degree, the demand for health content and medical writers is even higher. The list of material that nurse practitioners can write about is endless.

Here are a few areas of writing to give you a better idea:

◦ CEU’s
◦ Test questions for medical professionals
◦ Patient education materials
◦ Nursing, physician, and hospital websites
◦ Health and wellness publications
◦ Health product descriptions and information
◦ Health professional textbooks
◦ Research study write-ups
◦ Grant proposals


I frequently developed health policy, patient and staff educational materials in my nursing and NP career and wrote occasional health-related articles based on the latest research. Therefore, when I decided to become a freelance health content writer, the transition was fairly effortless. I found the writing to be a satisfying way to share my medical knowledge and expertise with an even greater number of medical professionals and patients than in my clinical career.

3. Politics

Working in politics is about as far from a clinical role that an NP can imagine. However, as a respected community provider, you may have more clout with the general public than you may be aware of. Politically engaged NPs are respected and trusted, therefore gaining approval from many within the population that you work.

Coroners are elected officials who are medical professionals. Nurse practitioners can become coroners after completing forensic nursing studies. Indeed, a coroner career can be an extremely interesting calling for a nurse practitioner.

Another political arena for NPs is a state health secretary or in congress, senate, or lobbyist. To make our voices heard, more nursing professionals are needed in the senate and congress. Advocating for health change and policy at a government level is necessary to advance our profession and the well-being of our patients.

4. Professor

As a less stressful nurse practitioner career choice, a nurse practitioner working as a professor can enjoy teaching our future generation of nurses in a completely different environment. Away from a clinical site, the classroom professor may even be able to work remotely from the comfort of home. Emergencies are practically non-existent and work hours are scheduled with long breaks built-in over holidays and summer.

Always in demand, nurse educators have the flexibility to work in their areas of interest or expertise. In addition, professors are well respected in the community and the title of professor conveys prestige.

As one of the best non-clinical nurse practitioner jobs, nursing professors act as leaders in the nursing profession. Having the ability to inspire and positively influence our profession can be highly gratifying as a nurse practitioner.

5. Clinical Editor

Do you have a firm grasp of the English language and enjoy editing documents? Then you may want to consider utilizing your clinical expertise in the unique position of clinical editor. A clinical editor or clinical technical editor (CTE) is part of a medical writing team that reviews and edits clinical documents for medical studies, investigator brochures, and pharmaceutical supplies. The clinical editor makes sure that quality assurance standards are met for all trial documents and that format criterion are adhered to.

Clinical editors can work for companies such as Merck, medical-surgical supply companies, new medical innovation start-ups, and pharmaceutical corporations.

NPs who love to edit will enjoy this position due to the flexibility, with many editors working remotely. Stress is low and tasks can be paced to fit your needs. The burden of patient care is gone but knowing that you can still utilize all of your medical expertise and make a difference in the healthcare system makes the work rewarding.

6. Medical Product Research and Design

Are you interested in assisting in the development of medical devices and products that help to improve lives? Nurse practitioners have the natural ability to work in medical product research and design to save patients' lives through the health products that they help produce.

Medical product companies develop and manufacture a wide range of products, from the best face masks to artificial eyes to intel in the healthcare industry. With an expert clinical background and an advanced degree, NPs are great candidates for one of these unusual nurse practitioner non-clinical jobs. Serving as medical product experts, NPs can be an integral part of the planning and design of a medical device, along with training and marketing the end result. Medical product companies love to place nurse practitioners in the field to train doctors and other medical professionals on their new products.

Certainly, one of the top non-clinical nurse practitioner jobs for high pay, NPs working in the medical product industry enjoy superior job satisfaction due to quality wages and autonomy of the position. Some travel typically is required, but what an interesting and profitable way to employ your expertise while exploring the country.

7. Health Ethnography

For many, health ethnography is a new term. So, what exactly does health ethnography mean? Health ethnography encompasses the study of the behavior and culture of people in a healthcare environment. It investigates people’s health beliefs, customs, rituals, and reactions within the context of health and illness. Data is collected and analyzed keeping culture in mind to help facilitate culturally specific nursing judgment and care to enhance patient healthcare experience and outcome.

Hospitals, medical research groups, and government agencies hire nurse practitioners as health ethnographers to help collect multi-cultural viewpoints to help represent all patients equitably. As one of the more obscure non-traditional nurse practitioner jobs, working in health ethnography is one way that NPs can make a positive difference for all cultures in healthcare.

8. Legal Consultant

A medical-legal consultant investigates and interprets medical data and records for legal cases. As one of the best remote nurse practitioner jobs, a legal consultant can lend medical expertise in a legal environment from the comfort of home. Typically, the opportunity to work remotely is available in this position. However, there may be some courtroom time required. A legal consultant NP is a medical expert for testimony in cases that involves injury, malpractice, or workmen’s compensation.

Nurses with advanced degrees such as nurse practitioners are in increased demand due to their extensive credentialing and clout as a provider. Legal nurse consultants can work in hospitals, insurance companies, HMO’s and law firms.

NPs who work as medical-legal experts will find an exciting career with regular office hours and loads of autonomy. Most likely the lone medical expert in your office, you will have a great deal of input in your cases and flexibility in your position. Nurse legal consultants are well respected and are valued for their contribution to the legal system.

9. Forensics

Are you interested in helping victims of crime? Does a combination of nursing and law quicken your pulse? If so, you may enjoy a job as a forensic nurse practitioner. Forensic nurse practitioners assist law enforcement in sexual abuse cases, death investigations, and crime scenes.

NPs with a steely stomach might rate forensic nursing as one of the top non-clinical nurse practitioner jobs due to the excitement of the career as well as the top pay that comes with it. ZipRecruiter estimates that a forensic nurse practitioner makes $93,734 on average per year. With loads of autonomy in the position, NPs can work in safe houses, hospitals, psychiatric facilities, medical examiner's offices, or the government.

Forensic nurse practitioners can make a real difference in our communities and the lives of those who desperately need help.

10. Technology

I recently read a story about a nurse practitioner near my hometown who works at Microsoft. With endless possibilities for a career, this NP aimed to get a job in a Fortune 500 company for top pay. Armed with a psychiatric NP degree, this young lady found her way into a career at Microsoft, where she now studies how people react to technology. Although an NP working in one of the most innovative technology companies seems to be quite a professional reach, when broken down into the particulars of the job, a psychiatric nurse is a perfect fit!

Technology positions for nurse practitioners might not fall in your lap but this story illustrates that these types of jobs are out there. You may need to carve a niche for yourself and make some connections on your own to prove that you are the best candidate for the job but the possibility of an innovative NP role is real. Perhaps, technology companies will soon come to realize that NPs make excellent candidates in areas such as cybernetics and we will see more of this sub-specialty open up for tech-savvy nurse practitioners.

11. Nutrition and Medical Product Store Owner

Entrepreneurial non-clinical nurse practitioner jobs are plentiful for adventurous and creative NPs who want to break out independently. One such endeavor is owning a nutrition or medical product store or other types of similar health-related enterprise. With the ability to be successful due to excellent judgment skills and work ethics as a nurse, entrepreneur nurse practitioners may find their new career to be quite lucrative as well as rewarding.

NPs who are business-oriented can utilize their medical expertise to merge the best of their career abilities to turn into a commercial venture with a health slant. Nutrition and medical supplies are second nature for nurses. People trust and are comforted by nurses, so an NP retailing health merchandise is a natural extension of our nursing expertise.

Some NPs may find this adventure to be a bit too risky. Don’t worry, the National Nurse practitioner Network helps to lead budding NP entrepreneurs towards a successful career path.

12. Online Supplement Market Owner

Owning a digital supplement dispensary is a new age way to offer vitamins and supplements to clients across the nation. With a holistic background, nurse practitioners are ideally suited to market and sell health supplements successfully. Physicians have tapped into this profitable resource for the past few years, so it is time for NPs to do the same. Selling online expands the client base exponentially, creating increased financial opportunities for an NP owner.

Nurse practitioners have proven to be affluent business owners. Privately owned NP endeavors are popping up in every state. You can even take courses and obtain continuing education credits on the topic.

13. Infection Control

With the Covid pandemic not going away anytime soon, there never has been a more critical need for medical professionals to work in infection control. Nurse practitioners are the perfect blend between bedside nurses and physicians to adequately investigate and develop solutions about infectious diseases and ways to control them.

As an infection control NP, you would work alongside nurses, physicians, patients, and administration to help stem the spread of contagions. In addition to being employed at a hospital, you may find positions in infection control in government agencies working with scientists and government officials.

Being a part of a team that is vital to the welfare of patients, the hospital, and community is a rewarding career for nurse practitioners. For NPs who want to stay in a hospital environment but not be directly involved in patient care or be in an administrative role, working in infection control is one of the best non-clinical nurse practitioner jobs to consider.

14. Public Speaker

Nurses are the backbone of the healthcare system, making up more than half of the medical professionals in the US. Being on the ground level of care, who is more appropriate to speak about our nation's health than nurses and nurse practitioners?

Nurse practitioner public speakers can positively influence other nurses and medical professionals, administrators, and the community by speaking on a wide range of issues. Making a living as a public health speaker can be very lucrative with top speakers receiving between $5000.00 and $50,000 for each talk. Ted Talks and podcasts are other great platforms for NPs voices to be heard in order to reach an even wider audience.

With the ability to make your own hours, travel the country and inspire others, articulate nurse practitioners may find public speaking to be an unexpected but enjoyable career.

15. Public Health

With your advanced degree in nursing, NPs are in demand to work in public health at the local, state, and national level, as well as worldwide. The array of non-clinical jobs for nurse practitioners in this field is vast.

The range of positions can include that of:

◦ Administrator for Veterans Administration
Bioterrorism Coordinator
◦ Homeland Security Consulting
◦ Health policy consultant


At the local level, NPs may be tasked with setting up and administrating programs that address the healthcare needs of a specific population within the community. You may be required to oversee other staff and report to higher authorities within the government or organization.

The role of a public health nurse practitioner can be far-reaching and changeable based on what may be happening in the community and beyond. An excellent example is that of the Covid pandemic. Medical professionals in public health are integral to combat the deadly disease at the ground level and in administrative positions.

16. Urban Planning

Similar in some aspects as working in public health, NPs who are part of urban planning help to improve the health and welfare of communities. The difference is that medical professionals in urban planning aim to enhance the surrounding environment to bring about wellness through planned communities.

By thoughtful planning, urban communities can improve health by incorporating safety and hygiene measures, exercise spaces, community centers with wellness programs, bike and pedestrian paths, physician offices, and child-care centers. Urban planning has been around for years but we are now just beginning to see the results of carefully planned communities that are centered on the wellness and health of those who reside there.

Nurses are the foundation of initiatives such as urban planning due to their background in wellness. Nurse practitioners who have always practiced patient-centered and holistic care are an essential part of an urban planning team when it comes to the betterment of health for a planned community.

17. Quality Improvement Coordinator

A quality improvement coordinator (QIC) is an administrative job within a hospital system. In this role, an NP oversees the nursing staff to ensure that they comply with the care standards of the hospital, government, and professional practice. Reporting directly to top administration, a QIC assists the hospital team in securing accreditation and keeping its patients safe. QICs can also work in clinics or other large medical facilities such as nursing homes.

Due to the increased demand for administrative positions in healthcare, a QIC has an excellent job outlook. With the ability to work regular office hours yet still be in an environment with nursing colleagues while keeping their finger on the pulse of the hospital, NPs may find this role as one of the best non-clinical nurse practitioner jobs in healthcare.

18. Education Consultant

A nurse practitioner who chooses to become an education consultant (EC) can expect to deal with all health-related education for the facility. Duties would encompass training administrators, nurses, medical staff, and other staff as needed. In addition to in-service training, an education consultant is responsible for ensuring that staff are knowledgeable about policies and procedures and government regulations pertaining to health.

Education consultants can work in hospitals and other large medical facilities and work in healthcare corporations such as an HMO. In addition, ECs may sometimes travel within a large healthcare system or work remotely for a medical education company such as one that develops CEU’s for nurses.

As you can see, the role of education consultant can be interesting and diverse. With their expansive medical knowledge and training, nurse practitioners are a perfect fit for this career and are therefore a popular choice as an EC.

19. Healthcare Facility Surveyor

In a unique role, a healthcare facility surveyor is primarily responsible for ensuring that a medical facility is functioning according to state and federal standards. Nurse practitioners are sought for this job as they are knowledgeable from a nursing and medical provider standpoint and understand healthcare better than most medical professionals.

Healthcare facility surveyors work for The Joint Commission, Public Utilities Commission, Department of Health and Human Services, or a company that provides health facility surveyors on a large scale. An NP in this position travels within a set area to inspect, analyze and investigate hospitals, nursing homes, and other health facilities.

This non-clinical nurse practitioner job is typically 9-5 work hours with zero patient interaction. Stress is minimal and NPs have quite a bit of autonomy in this role.

20. Informatics

The quickly expanding field of nursing informatics may be considered one of the best non-clinical jobs for nurse practitioners. This popular career choice is in demand due to the rapid growth and change in technology in the healthcare system. NPs who choose to work in medical informatics can expect to contribute to a better understanding of how the latest advancements in technology can be a bridge to improve patient outcomes.

Typically employed by hospitals and large healthcare systems, the job outlook for NPs in informatics is quite promising. In addition, a healthy wage of $102,230 a year on average makes this new career quite appealing for nurse practitioners who enjoy technology and working in a clinical environment.

21. Genealogy

Nurse practitioners who work in genetics are part of a medical team involved with patients who have a disease that is caused by certain genetic traits or can be passed on to the children of those affected. Diseases such as specific cancers, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, and sickle cell anemia are a few conditions that require a consult with the department of genetics.

As an NP in a genetics division, job duties may vary. Some positions may require direct patient care but others are non-clinical jobs for nurse practitioners. NPs who are not directly caring for patients may still be indirectly involved with patients by ordering and analyzing tests and data to come up with a clearer picture of genetic disease and outcomes.

Working on an exciting team of expert medical professionals seeking solutions to complex medical problems can be an intriguing option for nurse practitioners. Furthermore, regular work hours and above-average pay make genealogy an appealing choice for an NP career.

22. Medical Spa Owner

As a medical spa owner, you can decide what type of treatment or procedures you want to offer in your facility. Slightly different from a typical spa where relaxation is the goal, a medical spa is geared towards improving the patrons' health. Both types are set in a calm, relaxing atmosphere, with massage offered as one modality. However, a medical spa also aims to assist health conditions such as arthritis, acne, and anxiety through remedies such as yoga, hot springs, laser hair removal, and facials.

Some medical spas specialize in medical treatments such as Botox injections and chemical peels. Aestheticians and massage therapists perform the modalities as well as staff trained in certain techniques such as reflexology.

In an administrative role, nurse practitioners can utilize their expertise to create a holistic option for patients looking for relief in an alternative environment. High job satisfaction and earning potential can be extensive, making being a medical spa owner one of the best non-clinical jobs for nurse practitioners for those who enjoy an entrepreneurial endeavor.

23. Community Food and Housing

Nurse practitioners are hired by numerous government and social agencies under the community food and housing act. Functioning in a consultant role, a nurse practitioner is part of a team that establishes and monitors health regulations pertaining to food availability and housing safety and needs.

Agencies that may fall under the umbrella of community food and housing are:

◦ HUD
◦ Department of Agriculture
◦ State Community Services
◦ Outreach Programs
◦ Shelters
◦ USDA
◦ Community Action


24. Emergency Relief Services

Emergency relief services such as FEMA, International Medical Corps, and the Red Cross employ nurse practitioners to train their medical teams to be prepared in times of disaster. In addition to training staff, NPs are responsible for establishing protocols and procedures, and programs to assist in the smooth implementation of services when the need arises.

Nurse practitioners working in emergency relief can successfully plan for disaster due to their training to anticipate all scenarios when it comes to the health and well-being of the population they serve. Although some agencies require that NPs provide direct patient care, others are strictly supportive and consulting and non-clinical in nature.

25. Dean of Nursing

As a dean of a nursing department at a university or college, you will be in charge of administrating the school of nursing and overseeing the academic staff. As the head of the nursing department, the dean is responsible for curriculum development and departmental budget and planning. This strictly non-clinical role is an excellent administrative position for nurse practitioners with an education and teaching background.

Being a part of the next generation of nurses is very gratifying. As the top administrator in a nursing school, knowing that your staff and program can make a significant impact on healthcare by fostering and molding successful new nurses is quite a career accomplishment.

26. Social Advocacy Organizations

Social advocacy organizations such as Area Agency on Aging, the Special Kids Network, Compassion International, and United States Fund for UNICEF hire nurse practitioners in supportive and medical consulting roles.

The American Nurses Association implicitly encourages nurses to advocate for their profession and the patients that they serve. Therefore, nurse practitioners employed as a consultant to a social advocacy group is a natural fit for the cause of the clients they assist.

While some of these organizations, such as UNICEF, hire nurse practitioners in medically specific roles, others may not do so. However, your background and advanced degree fit the qualifications for numerous programs such a child and youth development, risk management, and nutrition information management.

27. Utilization Review

NPs working in utilization review are a valuable resource for hospitals, HMOs, insurance companies, and law offices. Utilization review (UR) nurses review hospital procedures and billing to keep medical costs to a minimum while still keeping high-quality and necessary healthcare for patients a priority. One of the goals for UR nurse practitioners is to prevent hospitalizations and readmissions through risk mitigation planning and patient education.

Nurse practitioners may lead a team of RNs who work in UR and case management. Many times, complex cases for review will be diverted to the NP lead. As one of the more typical non-clinical jobs for nurse practitioners, a position in UR is relatively stress-free with regular office hours as a bonus for those used to covering different shifts and weekends.

28. Pharmaceutical Rep

Bringing the trustworthiness of a nurse with the pharmaceutical experience of a provider, an NP makes an excellent pharmaceutical representative. Understanding how the healthcare system works while being able to talk “shop” with another provider is a win-win for NPs venturing into pharmaceutical sales.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, sales reps earn an average yearly wage of $99,680 in 2020. Nurse practitioners with their advanced degree and health and drug experience have a much higher earning potential than many reps who are coming out of college without medical credentialing.

As one of the best non-clinical jobs for nurse practitioners when it comes to earning potential, a pharm rep can net a better wage than the majority of traditional NP positions. In the sales world, the longer and harder you work, the more you can earn. This philosophy generally does not hold true in the medical field, where you can often work long, hard hours without breaks for the same pay.

29. Hospice Administrator

Do you have a heart for the welfare of terminally ill patients but are looking for a non-clinical or administrative job? Then a position as a hospice administrator may fit the job description that you are looking for. As one of the best nursing management jobs listed for 2021, NPs in this position find the mix of supervising health staff while ensuring that a patient's final days are comfortable to be a satisfying career.

Nurse practitioners who work as hospice administrators typically work 9-5 but are on call for emergencies. Administrative duties are similar to that of many nurse leaders, such as budgeting, staffing, and policy adherence. However, hospice administrators may deal with less stress than their hospital-based counterparts due to the lesser population and staff that they manage in hospice care.

30. Medical Product Sales Representative

Nurses are intimately experienced with medical products. Working daily with medical-surgical supplies and knowing how the equipment can assist patients and the staff makes nursing professionals quality candidates for medical product sales. In addition, selling products to healthcare workers such as physicians, physical therapists, and hospital administrators, NPs in medical product sales can relate better on a fundamental level with other health personnel than a non-medical salesperson.

Medical device start-ups are flourishing in 2021. Nurse practitioners can be on the frontline in healthcare innovation through knowledgeable sales of these groundbreaking medical devices to hospitals, nursing homes, and therapeutic facilities. Depending on the start-up's success, NPs in medical product sales can have a very lucrative career.


The Bottom Line


After going through the 30 best non-clinical jobs for nurse practitioners in 2021, can you decide which non-clinical nurse practitioner job is the best one for you? As a nurse practitioner who has my own LLC as a freelance health writer, I can attest that working in a non-clinical job is a rewarding and lower-stress alternative to many clinical NP positions. However, it may be hard to decide which role may suit you best with so many choices out there. One thing is certain, nurse practitioners are incredibly talented and qualified for all kinds of jobs outside of the typical NP career choices. All you need is a little creative thinking and the grit to go out into the world to pursue your wildest career dreams.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY OUR EXPERT


What Is The Typical Work Schedule For Non-Clinical Nurse Practitioner Jobs?

The majority of non-clinical jobs for nurse practitioners are 9-5 weekday positions with no weekend or holiday coverage required. The exception to this may be for those in hospital management positions where it is expected to be available for emergencies and consults at any time.

What Are The Hardest And Easiest Non-Clinical Jobs For Nurse Practitioners?

Hard and easy are subjective terms. However, in general, NP positions that are leadership or administrative may be considered a more challenging career choice due to managing others and the issues that come with the responsibility of leading others.

On the flip-side, positions where you can be your own boss, may be considered an easier non-clinical nurse practitioner job, as you do not have the responsibility and headache of managing others. In positions such as sales, design, and research, you can work autonomously, which many NPs relish in their career.

What Are The Highest-Paying Non-Clinical Nurse Practitioner Jobs?

Nurse practitioners working in community food, housing, and emergency relief services top the wage for non-clinical nurse practitioner jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, NPs in community food and housing and emergency relief services make $143,480 on average per year. Second, on the list are NPs working in religious organizations who average $131,710 per year

What Are The Lowest-Paying Non-Clinical Nurse Practitioner Jobs?

Historically, nurse educators earn significantly less than most other jobs in nursing. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics lists nurse educator’s salaries as $84,320 on average per year, while the mean average wage for nurse practitioners is $114,510.

What Are The Best States for Entrepreneurial Non-Clinical Nurse Practitioner Jobs?

States that allow full-practice authority for nurse practitioners have more opportunities for nurses who want to own a medical practice or entrepreneurial endeavor that may require full independence as an NP.

Are there any other ideas for Entrepreneurial Non-Clinical Nurse Practitioner Jobs?


Yes. Here are a few to give you an idea:

◦ Cannabis Clinic Owner
◦ Adult Day Care
◦ Electronic Medical Record Development and Sales
◦ Entertainment Consultant for Medical Content



Donna Reese MSN, RN, CSN
Donna Reese is a freelance nurse health content writer with 37 years nursing experience. She has worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner in her local community clinic and as an RN in home health, rehabilitation, hospital, and school nursing.