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Career Opportunities with a Major in Nursing



Kathleen is a Registered Nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. After a successful internship with the hospital while at Villanova, Kathleen started working full-time after graduating. She encourages interested students to not learn just the technical aspects, but to really hone their interpersonal skills. Bonding and communicating with patients and their families is a large part of her 12-hour day.

Many jobs require a college educated individual. College graduates can use their education in a wide variety of occupations.


A career in nursing offers many rewards. Nurses generally provide care, treatment, counseling and health education to ill or injured people and information to healthy people on preventing illness or injury. Nurses are needed in every area of life, from hospitals to business, from schools to research.


Skills Related to Nursing

  • Ability to check accuracy, catch on to things, and see detail

  • Ability to direct and supervise other personnel

  • A clear-thinking problem solver who is assertive and confident, especially in time of crisis

  • Willingness to relocate to pursue a career

  • Ability to effectively communicate with people from a variety of backgrounds

  • Ability to work under stressful situations

Potential Careers Related to Nursing

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The following list is a representative sample of job titles for individuals with a nursing major. The list represents some, but certainly not all, careers which nursing majors may consider. The actual work a nurse does will depend on what area of health care a nurse chooses.

Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelor's degree.

Acute Care Administration of Educational Programs Adolescent Nurse Specialist
Adult Health Care Ambulatory Care Aide Anesthetists
Cardiovascular Nurse Chronic Illness Nurse Public Health Nurse
Correctional Health Nurse Critical Care Nurse Developmental Disabilities Nurse
Dietitian Gerontology Nurse Maternity Nurse
Mental Health Worker Certified Nurse - Midwife Neonatal Nurse
Occupational Therapist Oncology Nurse Pediatric Nurse
Physical Therapist Physiological Nurse Psychosocial Nurse
Pulmonary Nurse Recreational Therapist Registered Nurse
Rehabilitation Nurse Respiratory Therapist School Health Nurse
Transcultural Nurse Trauma Nurse Clinical Nurse Specialist
Head Nurse - Supervisor Nurse Practitioner Home Health Nurse
Industrial Nurse Occupational Health Nurse  


Employers in Nursing

  • Alcoholism Information/Treatment Centers

  • Ambulance Services

  • Blood Banks

  • Clinics

  • Colleges/Universities

  • Crisis Intervention Services

  • Drug Abuse and Addiction Services

  • Home Health Care Agencies

  • Hospitals

  • Hospital Consulting Agencies

  • Information and Treatment Centers

  • Laboratories

  • Medical Offices

  • Nursing Homes

  • Private Schools

  • Public Schools

  • Rehabilitative Services

  • Research Centers

  • Retirement Communities

  • Social Service Agencies

  • Sporting Events
     

Professional Organizations in This Field

Websites Related to Nursing

 

The above information is collected from alumni surveys of numerous colleges, professional associations, and multiple print and online resources.