When you have high anxiety, look for a job that doesn’t require a lot from you. These are the least stressful nursing jobs out there.
A low-stress nursing job – is there such a thing? Yes, there is. In fact, there are quite a few jobs out there that aren’t hectic or fast-paced. I found the least-stressful nursing jobs that you should consider in your job search.
The Least Stressful Nursing Jobs
Being a nurse requires strong emotional intelligence and grit. Nurses care for the sick, injured, and encounter all kinds of people – from the harsh to the gentle. If you are looking for a job that’s in a low-stress environment, try one of these.
One of the least stressful nursing jobs out there is teaching other nurses. This is a very reliable job with set hours. It doesn’t require caring for the critically ill or trying to explain complex medical treatments to family members.
Nurse educators work primarily in colleges or universities, teaching nursing students. It’s a very rewarding career because you get to train the next wave of nurses. You are investing in this field and helping to fight the nursing shortage.
Another low-stress job is working on a cruise ship or at a vacation resort. They are literally working at vacation destinations. Cruise nurses usually work in clinic settings, treating minor things like sun exposure and small scrapes.
The only stressful thing about this job is the fact that you’ll be away from family members for a long period of time.
As the name implies, a nurse researcher acts as a scientist. They work primarily in a research lab in an academic setting. They conduct studies on illnesses by identifying patients as study participants.
A few other things they do include writing grant proposals or reporting results of studies.
Some nurse researchers work for colleges, others for pharmaceutical companies.
Another one of the least stressful nursing jobs is a clinic nurse. Instead of working in a fast-paced setting with critically ill patients, a clinic nurse works in a physician’s office taking vitals and recording symptoms.
The job duties of a clinic nurse are reliably low-key. They educate patients, talk to patients over the phone, and doing the intake evaluation before the doctor sees them.
If you don’t mind working during the summer, a camp nurse is another fun job that doesn’t come with a lot of stress. In addition to giving kids their daily medications, camp nurses also treat minor injuries.
The typical things a camp nurse might deal with include heat exhaustion, sunburn, sprained ankles, and bug bites.
I love nursing informatics. It pays really well and it’s a very in-demand job now that more hospitals and clinics are using computers and networks.
This is the combination of nursing with information sciences. You care for patients by managing their electronic data.
It’s a low-stress job because they spend most of their time gathering and analyzing information. They don’t interact with patients very often.
Working in a public or private school as a school nurse is another one of the least stressful nursing jobs out there. The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) describes this job as:
A specialized nursing practice that advances the well being, academic success, lifelong achievement, and overall health of students.The National Association of School Nurses (NASN)
The reason it’s such a low-stress job is because it’s not often that you will be making life and death decisions. Most of the job is spent educating students, giving medications, and treating minor injuries.
This job has certainly evolved throughout the years. School nurses act as counselors and educators too. They offer preventative services and even work with school administrators to create programs kids need.
Healthy Ways To Overcome Stress As a Nurse
Even the most chill and low-key jobs will have stressful days. Knowing how you react to stress and a few ways to respond to it in healthy ways will help you succeed no matter where you work.
Try one – or all – of these de-stressing techniques so you keep your cool and thrive.
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Practice Deep Breathing
Often, stress affects our heart rate and releases the fight or flight chemicals in the brain. Deep breathing helps you regain control of your thoughts and your body. It literally releases the stress and helps you think clearly again.
The most effective type of deep breathing is called belly breathing. Here’s how to do it.
- Sit in a comfortable position
- Put one hand on your belly and the other hand on your chest.
- Take a deep breath in through your nose, letting your belly push out towards your hand. Your chest should not move.
- Breath out through your mouth. Feel the hand on your belly go in. Push all the air out with your hand.
Do this exercise 3-10 times, as often as it takes to relax your pulse and racing thoughts.
Engage in Healthy Self-Talk
High emotional intelligence can help you get through stressful moments. Admit your feelings to yourself. Do you feel mad? Scared? Worried? Ashamed? Give a word to your feelings and then decide how to handle them.
When you feel ashamed or scared, remind yourself that you are intelligent, strong, and capable. Talk through your feelings from the point of view that it will be ok, and there are ways to get through this.
Know Your Limits
Finally, you have to know your limits. This includes your personal limits outside of work. When your life is stressful out of work, you’ll have less emotional energy to give at work.
Learn how to say no. You don’t have to work all the shifts or volunteer for all the things. Protect your emotional energy at all costs so that you avoid an emotional breakdown.
Least Stressful Nursing Jobs: Final Thoughts
Not all nursing jobs are life and death in a fast-paced hospital. There are some nursing jobs that require less time and work with healthier people. Keep browsing nursing jobs until you find one that is the perfect fit for your personality and emotional makeup. There is something out there that is perfect for you!
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5 thoughts on “The Least Stressful Nursing Jobs You Can Get”
I’m a school nurse. I have worked in a pediatric hospital, urgent care, home visiting, and clinic. I can tell you school nursing is by far more stressful than any of those. It’s more rewarding, but as a licensed school nurse, we are responsible for much more than bandaids and medications. I average seeing about 40-50 students a day (before sick season). This means I asses, provide care, and chart on 40 kids. We still must go off of medical orders, and try to please parents. Then there are the IEPs, 504s, diabetics, seizures, asthmatics, immunization deadlines, Children’s services reports, etc. On top of this, you are blending 2 settings. You are medical, trying to care in the educational world. Not always a good mix.
I disagree with some of your reasons for lesser stress nursing jobs. The stress may be different but not less stressful. I have worked in hospitals, clinics, as a forensic nurse, vent nurse, hospice nurse. As for clinic nurses, they triage numerous calls per hour, relying only on hearing to decide outcomes, whether is is ED, urgent care, clinic appt, vs home care. Also coming up with care plans for the chronically ill and case management conferences with other members of patient care teams. monitoring lab and imaging for critical results as docs rely on RNs for this
I totally understand. Stress is a subjective thing. I consider informatics to be low stress, but I in the first week as an informatics nurse my boss told me about how he had nurses run out crying just a few days into the job, so it’s different for everyone.
Another low-stress role is working as a flu vaccination nurse. I do this every fall to pick up some extra money. I’m sure there will be lots of demand for flu nurses when a vaccination for COVID-19 finally comes out.
What is is a good way to pursue a job like that?