Students who receive a degree in nursing are prepared to take the NCLEX-RN examination to obtain the license necessary to enter practice as a registered nurse.
In the Workforce
Nursing graduates can practice in a wide array of fields, including: ambulatory care, cardiology, critical care, dermatology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology/obstetrics, hematology, HIV/AIDS, holistic care, home health care, hospice/palliative care, infection control, labor and delivery, long-term care, managed care, medical-surgical, mental health, neonatal intensive care, nephrology, neuroscience, occupational health, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, ostomy care, pediatrics, perinatal care, plastic surgery, psychiatrics, public health, pulmonary care, radiology, rehabilitation, reproductive health, rheumatology, substance abuse, telemetry, toxicology, trauma, triage, urology and wound care.
In addition, graduates can work in camps, community health, complementary health, correctional facilities, disaster response, domestic violence intervention, emergency departments, faith communities, family practices, forensics, informatics, the military, operating rooms, quality improvement, refugee camps, research, rural health, schools and substance abuse intervention.
Graduates can explore careers as case managers, clinical nurse leaders, genetics counselors, health policy lobbyists, lactation consultants, legal nurse consultants, nurse ethicists, nurse legislators, nurse authors or historians, patient educators, poison information specialists, psychiatric/mental health practitioners or staff educators.
Graduates who earn a master’s degree in nursing or doctorate in nursing or nursing practice can pursue the following careers:
- Advanced practice nurse: Graduates can work as a nurse practitioner for a special population in ambulatory care, such as pediatrics, family, adult or gerontology, or work in a hospital as a neonatal nurse or acute care nurse practitioner or hospitalist. They are nurse midwives, certified nurse anesthetist or clinical nurse specialist.
- First assist surgical nurse: First assist surgical nurses are the second set of hands and work with surgeons in the operating room.
- Administrator: Graduates can become administrators or CEOs of health care facilities such as hospitals, clinics, home care facilities, rehabilitation facilities or nursing homes.
- Nurse educator/researcher: Graduates can teach college students desiring to be the next generation of nurses or develop a program of research directly related to the care provided by professional nurses.