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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   With Master's Degree  
Community Health Nurse   Critical Care Nurse  
Emergency Nurse   Gerontology Nurse Practitioner  
Home Health Care Worker   Health Policy Nurse  
    Nurse Anesthetist  
    Nurse Educator  
    Pediatric 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 Nurse   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   Critical Thinking   Able to instruct others
Time Management   Social Perceptiveness   Integrity
Monitoring   Dependability   Attention to detail
Concern for others   Adaptability/Flexibility   Independence
Stress Tolerance   Initiative   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


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 


 Graduate Guides    

Guide to Advanced Practices

Test Preparation 

Link To UNF Academic Program


The Brooks College Of Health Nursing Program   

Holland Codes

Nursing- Social; Investigative; Realistic (SIR)