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Page Index:Nursing

Academic Information: -  top

What is Nursing?  top

Nursing is a discipline focused on assisting individuals, families and communities in attaining, re-attaining and maintaining optimal health and functioning. Modern definitions of nursing define it as a science and an art that focuses on quality of life as defined by persons and families. Nursing is not only concerned about health and functioning but with quality of living and dying, lived experience, and universal lived experiences of health.

Nursing is an applied science which has a unique body of knowledge that utilizes principles from the physical, biological, and behavioral sciences. The central concern of nursing is the holistic person. The focus of nursing is health promotion, maintenance, curative, restorative, supportive and terminal care to individuals and groups of all ages, taking into consideration the factors that influence them in the total environment

Career Information  -  top

Possible/Typical Job Titles - top

Typical Places of Employment - top

  • 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  - top

  • 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
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Concern for Others
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Independence
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Initiative
  • Assess patients' needs and develop individual care plans
  • Direct and supervise other staff
  • Perform routine lab and office work
  • Provide bedside nursing care
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Able to Instruct Others
  • Time Management
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Integrity
  • Monitoring   
  • Oral/Written Expression and Comprehension

Alumni Resources  -  top

(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 - top

Professional Associations:

National Student Nurses' Association

National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

Associations, State Boards, and Miscellaneous

American Nurses Association

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Honor Society for Nursing

National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses

Nursing Facility Evaluation Checklist

National League for Nursing

Other Career-Relevant 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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