Nursing Specialties That Do Not Involve Direct Patient Contact

February 9, 2015

A pre-nursing student with her mentor Most nursing specialties involve direct interactions with patients and their families but what are your options if you would like to pursue a career in nursing without this direct contact? If you prefer a nursing role that allows you minimal or no contact with patients, here are a few options you could consider.

Case Management

Case management nurses usually work for insurance companies and have no contact with any patient. They primarily study different claims that are sent in to the insurance companies and evaluate all the documentation provided. After thoroughly assessing all the information, they provide an expert opinion based on the injury or problem being suffered by the patient. Depending on the work place and their work experience, some case management nurses may even be authorised to establish proper treatment and recovery plans for the injured clients. While a lot of these nurses only deal with the documents provided, some may speak to the patients on the phone or interact with them personally in certain cases.

Forensic Nursing

Forensic nursing is an exciting field to consider if you are interested in law and nursing but prefer minimal direct patient contact. In some cases, you may have to interact with people who are victims of trauma or violence. However, if you specialise in dealing only with death investigations, there will be zero patient contact.

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Legal Nurse Consultant

This field also combines law and nursing. Legal Nurse Consultants often work with medical malpractice cases, health issues, compensation for workmen, personal injury claims and medical insurance. These experts evaluate and scrutinise the claims that have been sent in and then provide a medical opinion for the matter. They act as consultants for hospitals, insurance agencies, companies and even the government. To practice as a Legal Nurse consultant, you must have a good knowledge of law and nursing.

Nurse Entrepreneurs

Nurse entrepreneurs usually start their own businesses and even if the business deals with patient care, you yourself will have no personal interaction with any of the patients. Some nurse entrepreneurs provide services to hospitals like staffing advice or legal advice. Others create businesses that work directly with patients where they supply healthcare services at home. To be a nurse entrepreneur, it is important to have a good business mind as well as solid financial and marketing skills.

Risk Management

Nurses who work in the risk management sector will usually work in hospitals, private healthcare facilities, law firms and insurance companies, where they are responsible for identifying and analysing health risk areas and providing solutions that will help minimise these risks. Risk management nurses who work with law firms typically work on medical malpractice cases. If you are interested in working in risk management you will need to obtain a bachelor’s degree, followed by certification in this field.