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Page Index:Nursing

Academic Information:

What is Nursing?

What is nursing?--the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations. From the American Nurses Association.

The Department of Nursing offers three tracks to a Bachelor of Science in nursing: one for traditional undergraduate students (1st BS degree), a second for non-nursing college graduates (2nd BS degree), and a third for registered nurses (RN).  Baccalaureate preparation for the practice of professional nursing requires a substantial liberal education base for the study of the theory and practice of nursing.

Career Information

Possible Job Titles

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Emergency
  • Geriatrics
  • Intensive Care
  • Maternal Infant Nursing
  • Neonatology
  • Nursing Administration
  • Occupational Health
  • Acute Care
  • Community Health
  • Mental Health
  • Admin. of Educational Programs
  • Community/Mental Health
  • Mental Health
  • Ethnic Specialist
  • Admin. of Nursing Services
  • Correctional Health
  • Midwife
  • Adolescent Nurse Specialist
  • Critical Care
  • Neonatal
  • Adult Health Care
  • Delivery of Services- Staff Development
  • Neurological
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Nursing Health Policy
  • Ambulatory Child Health
  • Diabetes Nursing
  • Occupational Health
  • Oncology
  • Pediatric
  • Psychiatry
  • Public Health
  • School Nursing
  • Surgery
  • Teaching
  • Pulmonary
  • Spinal Cord Injury Nurse
  • Rehabilitation
  • Transcultural Nursing
  • Psychosocial Nursing
  • Respiratory
  • Trauma
  • Public Health
  • Emergency Surgical Nurse
  • Nurse Researcher
  • Staff Development/Educator
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Medical-Surgical
  • Primary Ambulatory Care
  • School Health
  • Anesthesia
  • Gerontology
  • Cardiovascular
  • Maternity Nursing
  • Physiological Nursing
  • College/University faculty
  • Family Nursing
  • Oncology

*Denotes need for additional education.

Typical Places of Employment

  • Hospitals
  • Public health departments
  • Community health clinics
  • Prisons
  • Migrant centers
  • Public Schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Physicians' offices
  • Private homes
  • Military
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Mental health institutions
  • Nursing homes
  • Industry

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Assess and record symptoms, reactions, and progress of patients
  • Administer medications and treatments as ordered by doctors
  • Educate patients and family members concerning treatment & proper health habits
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Able to Instruct Others
  • Time Management
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Integrity
  • Monitoring
  • Assess patients' needs and develop individual care plans
  • Direct and supervise other staff
  • Perform routine lab and office work
  • Provide bedside nursing care
  • Concern for Others
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Independence
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Initiative
  • Oral/Written Expression and Comprehension
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail

Alumni Resources

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)





Michael Crum 1985 Nurse Practitioner Intern Wilmington College
Katie McGrath 2007 Registered Nurse St. Joseph Medical Center
Melody Higgins 1991 Research Compliance Officer VA Maryland Health Care Systems
Angela Donohoe 2006 Case Manager Home Health Corporation of America

Related Links: Further Explore this Career Field

Professional Nursing Associations:

National Student Nurses' Association

Associations, State Boards, and Miscellaneous

American Nurses Association

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Honor Society for Nursing

MD Nursing Association of Nursing Students

MD Nursing Association

National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses

Nursing Facility Evaluation Checklist

National League for Nursing

Other Career-Related Links:

Nurse Anesthesiologist Careers:

Nurse Practitioners careers:

Midwife Career Information:

Psychiatric Nursing

Travel Nursing/ Prison Nursing

Other Health-Related Options - Links to various health careers and the career opportunities associated with them.

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