What Can You Do With A Major In Nursing?
Registered nurses work to promote health, prevent diseases and help patients cope with illness. Registered nurses, regardless of specialty or work setting, treat patients, educate patients and the public about various medical conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients’ family members. RNs record patients’ medical histories and symptoms help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, operate medical machinery, administer treatment and medications, and help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation. RNs may also teach patients and their families how to manage their illness or injury, explaining post-treatment home care needs; diet, nutrition, and exercise programs; and self-administration of medication and physical therapy.
Nurses must graduate from a nursing program to obtain licensure. To gain promotion, it would be advisable to pursue a master's degree in Nursing. Nursing is the largest health profession in the nation.
Prelicensure - This track is for first-time nursing students (college juniors and above) who want to prepare for a career in nursing while earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Upon graduation from the program, students will sit for the NCLEX licensing exam for RNs. Furthermore, the curriculum also provides a strong foundation for graduate study in nursing. The nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Florida Board of Nursing.
RN-BSN Bridge- This track is for those who are already Registered Nurses (RNs) from community college or diploma programs and who desire to further their nursing education and expand their career opportunities by completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The program is offered in a RN-designated, full-time enrollment cohort twice per year (spring and summer) that allows RNs to complete the program in three (3) semesters. The nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Florida Board of Nursing.
(To research these titles and more go to: (Occupational Outlook Handbook) and see the related print resources in the Career Services Library.
Entry Level with a Bachelor's Degree: $55,000- From the Spring 2008 NACE Salary Survey (National Association of Colleges and Employers)
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Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.
Local Organizations or Databases
http://www.nursewithoutborders.com- career descriptions, real life expert advice from nurses, volunteer and community service information
http://www.cnaclasses.org and http://www.cnaclasses.org/cna-career-information - information for people considering a career as a Certified Nursing Assistant
http://www.nursingdegreeguide.com/nursing-for-teachers -alternative career paths for Education professionals interested in career in nursing
Local Programs - Master of Science in Nursing
University of North Florida Florida A&MFlorida Atlantic UniversityFlorida International University Florida State University University of Central FloridaUniversity of Florida University of South FloridaUniversity of Tampa University of West FloridaOther resources for graduate program researchhttp://www.gradschools.com/ http://www.petersons.com/ http://www.princetonreview.com/ Masters In Nursing Programs: http://www.bestnursingdegree.com/programs/masters-in-nursing - Listing of 2100+ accredited Masters programsSecond Degree Nursing Programs: http://www.bestnursingdegree.com/programs/become-a-nurse-Accelerated nursing programs
http://nursinglicensemap.com-- State by State buide to nursing licensure
http://nursingdegreeguide.com/psych- for psychology majors interested in nursing as a career option
The Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Health Care Information
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