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Our Nursing program's focus on leadership, evidence-based nursing practice, and community health will broaden your perspective and allow you to assume nursing roles that may not be currently open to you. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing can help you acquire valuable knowledge about writing skills and comfort with research and technology that will benefit you in whatever career or educational path you decide to take. The Master of Science in Nursing will prepare you to become an effective leader, as well as understand how to foster change in the nursing field.

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Useful Skills within the Nursing Field

Equipment Selection - Identifying the most appropriate equipment and tools needed to get a job done.

Helping - Actively looking for ways to help people.

Listening - Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.

Managing Time - Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.

Reading Comprehension - The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.

Reasoning - Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.

Speaking - Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.

Teaching - Teaching others how to do something.

Writing and Authoring - Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.


Career Options

To identify what education or training is typical for careers within the nursing field, use the O*Net hyperlinks below and click on “Job Zone.” In addition, seek out the advice of fellow students and alumni working in the industry in our mentoring program on The Quad (for current students and alumni only) or speak with a career coach.

With Your Bachelor's Degree
Acute Care Nurses
Critical Care Nurses
Home Health Aides
Informatics Nurse Specialists
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
Nursing Assistants
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary
Registered Nurses

With Your Master's Degree
Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses
Clinical Nurse Specialists
Medical and Health Services Managers
Nurse Anesthetists
Nurse Midwives
Nurse Practitioners

Getting Hired: Government Agencies, Organizations, and Search Engines

There are several government agencies and organizations that seek candidates with degrees in nursing. Many of the federal job vacancies within the nursing field are classified as direct hire positions. A direct hire position is posted when the agency determines that a position is in critical need and allows the agency expedite the hiring process. The below list provides a few examples of agencies where one might find employment using his or her degree.

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Navy Medical Command
U.S. Army Medical Command
U.S. Department of Defense
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

While many of the major job search engines will have positions in several fields to choose from, the list of search engines below is specific to the nursing field.

Nursing Jobs


Keeping Current: Professional Organizations and Associations

Involvement in professional organizations is a great way to stay up-to-date on new technology, tools, and best practices in your field. Professional organizations also provide job seekers with a great networking opportunity. Below are a few professional organizations you may be interested in as a nursing major.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
American Nurses Association (ANA)
National League for Nursing (NLN)
National Student Nurses Association

Conferences and Expositions

National Nursing League Education Summit
Sept. 21-23, 2016
Orlando, Fla.

American Nursing Association Staffing Conference
March 8-10, 2017
Tampa, Fla.

AANP National Conference
June 20-25, 2017
Philadelphia, Pa.

Get Connected: Social Media and Publications

American Association of Colleges of Nursing – Facebook, LinkedIn
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners – Facebook, LinkedIn
American Nurses Association – Facebook, LinkedIn
National League for Nursing – Facebook
National Student Nurses' Association – Facebook, LinkedIn
AMU & APU Nursing Program – Facebook

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