Recently I started a series of posts on nursing specialties that are a bit out of the norm. As I research topics for our readers I found several of you were not happy with your current choice of specialty. Needing a change is something I can relate to and have tried several over my 30 plus years of nursing. There are times in your life when you just need a change and deciding on a change in the specialty can be daunting. Most of my changes were driven by an opportunity that was presented. What will drive you to make a change?
The current healthcare climate is driving one specialty I found. Let me acquaint you with one called Health Policy Nurse. If you find public policy interesting and have a passion for health this might be for you.
This position requires a masters degree (MSN). Once you have that degree under your belt you will need to complete a 10-week residency program. Usually, these type programs are part of a government office, advocacy organization or a community group.
What You Do as :
Analyzing health and public policy is the primary function of a Health Policy Nurse. Once you have expertise in this role you would find your place as a leader in research, analysis, policy development, and implementation and evaluation. As a nurse in this specialty, you will help to create a healthier society with new policies.
Where You work:
A Health Policy Nurse can be found working in legislative offices, healthcare provider associations and health services research firms. One more way to serve in this type of work would be to hold an elective office. Any of these positions could plan and implement new policies. The changes in the Affordable Care Act make this a strong career possibility going forward.
I could find no specific salary survey for this position. My experience is working for a private firm pays better than a government agency. One possibility is to work as a consultant and name your price.
The Health Policy Nurse career path is open to growth with so much attention on the ACA. The opportunity to get in at the beginning of a healthcare change does not happen often. Now might be a good time to look into the possibility of working in this field. If you are interested in finding a high paying travel nursing job check Nurse.org.
Travel nursing has so much to offer any nurse who loves adventure and change. The opportunities are many and a travel nursing career in any specialty offers a chance for growth.