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 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.


Prelicensure Accelerated- This track is for those already holding a baccalaureate degree in another field of study who want to prepare for a career in nursing while earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  The Accelerated Prelicensure track is concentrated and can be completed in 3 ½ consecutive semesters of full-time study, beginning with the summer term.  Upon graduation from the program, students will sit for the NCLEX licensing exam for RNs.  This track is not designed for those who will not possess a baccalaureate degree before entering.  The nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Florida Board of Nursing. 


TRN-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.

Career Paths


With Bachelor's Degree 


  • Community Health Nurse 
  • Emergency Nurse 
  • Home Health Care  


With Master's Degree


  • Critical Care Nurse 
  • Gerontology Nurse Practitioner 
  • Health Policy Nurse 
  • Nurse Anesthetist 
  • Nurse Educator 
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner 
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner 
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner  


General Career Directions
  • Neonatal Care
  • Pediatric Care
  • Geriatric Care
  • Forensic Nurse
  • Infection Control
  • Nurse Educator
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Home Health Care
  • Emergency Care
  • Holistic Care
  • Surgical Care
  • Transplants
  • Addiction
  • Rehabilitation
  • School/University Care


Some Related Career Titles

  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Occupational Health Nurse
  • Community Health Nurse
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Emergency Nurse
  • Home Health Care
  • Hospice Nurses
  • Legal Nurse Consultant
  • Neonatal Nurse
  • Nurse Supervisor
  • Nursing Instructor
  • Oncology Nurse
  • Psychiatric Nurse
  • Transplant Coordinator
  • Nurse Researcher
  • School Nurse
  • Ambulatory Care Nurse
  • Holistic Nurse
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Operating Room Nurse
  • Patient Advocate
  • HIV/Aids Prevention Counselor
  • Corporate Wellness Officer
  • Independent Clinic Manager


Typical Employers/Work Settings 

  • Hospitals
  • Clinic
  • Retirement Community
  • University/Schools
  • Private Practices
  • Medical Centers
  • Medical Schools
  • Operating Room
  • Worksites
  • Navy/Army
  • Nursing Home
  • Home Health Care
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Emergency Medical Centers
  • Community Agencies 

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Beginning Salary Range 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual salary for registered nurses is $66,640.   According to the average pay for a Registered Nurse is $55,787 annually. 

Salary Resources


Skills Needed For This Career

  •    Active Listening
  • Time Management
  • Monitoring 
  • Concern for Others
  • Stress Tolerance
  •   Critical Thinking 
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Initiative
  •   Able to Instruct Other 
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Independence
  • Oral/Written Expression and Comprehension 

Links To Professional Associations

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. 

Job Search/Career Information 

Local Organizations or Databases

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National Organizations or Databases

·  Guide to Advanced Practice Registered Nursing - Our flagship guide features detailed articles on the ten core APRN specialties, including family nursing, certified nurse midwifery, psychiatric mental health nursing, pediatric primary care, and pediatric acute care. The guide includes insights from over 40 exclusive interviews with practicing APRNs across several medical fields and work settings. (Here is a link to one of the pages inside the guide:  Guide to Advanced Practice Family Nursing)

The Graduate Nursing Student’s Guide to Clinical Placements – We interviewed APRNs and long-time preceptors to create this ultimate guide to nursing clinical placements, which features advice for students on how to find and secure a placement and how to build the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed during their practicums and as APRNs post-graduation. 

The Complete Guide to MSN Programs - Our guide to MSN programs is the most comprehensive guide of its kind available on the Internet. It offers a detailed breakdown of every clinical and administrative specialty available at the MSN level, as well as the different paths students can take to obtain an MSN. The guide is over 15 pages long.

The Complete Guide to DNP Programs - Our comprehensive guide to DNP programs is the only guide of its kind on the web for its depth of detail and research. We highlight BSN to DNP, MSN to DNP, and RN to DNP programs, as well as the different options students have to pursue each path. This guide is also over 15 pages long. 

Navigating the Transition from RN to APRN: A Featured Guide for Graduate Nursing Students - This unique article focuses on the essential skills that RNs must develop during their graduate nursing education. It provides advice on how students can make the most of their clinical internships, and features exclusive insights from APRNs and veteran preceptors across different fields of advanced practice nursing. 

Graduate Schools 

Graduate and Professional Schools


Other resources for graduate program research 
Masters In Nursing Programs: - Listing of 2100+ accredited Masters programs
Second Degree Nursing Programs: nursing programs State by State buide to nursing licensure for psychology majors interested in nursing as a career option

 Graduate Guides    

Guide to Advanced Practices 

Test Preparation 

Health Care Information

Health Care Articles from Ingenix Consulting:  

Link To UNF Academic Program

The Brooks College Of Health Nursing Program   

Holland Codes

Nursing- Social; Investigative; Realistic (SIR)