Considering nursing as a career?
Nurses care for individuals who are healthy and ill, of all ages and cultural backgrounds, and who have physical, emotional, psychological, intellectual, social, and spiritual needs.
Nursing is a profession that combines physical science, social science, nursing theory, and technology in the care of others.
Prepare to be a Nurse!
High School Preparation
Students who are thinking about Nursing as a career should plan a college preparatory curriculum:
- English - 4 years (verbal and written communication skills essential)
- Math - 2 to 4 years (algebra necessary for success in chemistry and medication administration: geometry)
- Science - 2 to 4 years (chemistry essential: biology important: physics recommended: computer science)
- Social Studies - 3 to 4 years (psychology important: sociology: history: government: economics are all recommended)
- Foreign language - 2 years (highly recommended: some variation among individual Nursing Schools)
Individual nursing practice is determined by the career path selected and is dependent upon education, experience, work setting and geographical location.
Clinical Nurse - Provides scientific, psychological, and technological knowledge in the care of patients and families in many health care settings. ($30,000-$50,000/yr base)
Advanced Practice Nurse
Provides primary care and specialized advanced nursing services to patients and families. Includes: Clinical Specialist; Nurse Practitioner; Nurse Anesthetist; Nurse Midwife ($40,000-$65,000/yr+)
Utilizes educational methodologies to present current information in patient care settings, universities, and communities. ($30,000-$75,000/yr+)
Coordinates the use of human, financial, and technological resources to provide patient care. ($40,000-$90,000/yr+)
Utilizes statistical methodologies to discover or establish facts, principles or relationships. ($40,000-$75,000/yr+)
Nurses may follow their personal and professional interests by working with any group of people, in any setting, at any time. There is no profession which offers as many opportunities for diversified roles as does nursing.
Advanced Practice Nurse
Staff Development Specialist
Patient Education Specialist
Medical: Cardiology, Diabetes, Gastroenterology, Gerontology, Nephrology, Neurology, Oncology, Pulmonary, Rehabilitation, Renal, Rheumatology, Urology
Operating Room/Recovery Room
Surgical: Burn, Cardiovascular, Ear/Nose/Throat, Gastroenterology, Orthopedics, Plastic Reconstructive, Transplant
Mental Health Agencies
Home Health Care
Health Maintenance Organizations
Managed Care Companies
Extended Care Facilities
Outpatient Surgery Centers
Community Schools, Day Care Centers
Schools of Nursing
Senior Centers, Shelters, Churches
In addition, some nurses have combined two careers (i.e. Nurse Attorney). Others have served as consultants to business, schools, and health care institutions. Some are combining the field of nursing and computer technology (Informatics Specialist).