What Can I Do With A Major In Nursing?
Nursing is both an art and a science concerned about health and functioning as well as overall quality of life and death as defined by individual people. Nursing is an applied science which has a unique body of knowledge that utilizes principles from the physical, biological, and behavioral sciences. The central concern of nursing is the holistic person. The focus of nursing is health promotion, maintenance, curative, restorative, supportive and terminal care to individuals and groups of all ages.
The professional registered nurse plans, gives and supervises bedside nursing care; teaches nursing personnel and assists in teaching patients and their families; plans, implements, and evaluates community health services; and administers various programs inside and outside of a hospital or health care setting. Graduate nursing specialties include the nurse anesthetist who receives special training to administer anesthesia to patients undergoing surgery; the nurse midwife who practices independent management and care of normal newborns and women; the nurse practitioner who functions in an expanding nursing role, usually in the ambulatory patient care setting, working closely with physicians, and the clinical nurse specialist who works with patient groups in a specialized area, such as pediatrics, diabetes, or infectious disease control.
Upon completion of either the four year program or the two year, RN to BSN program, graduates are expected to be professionally competent generalists in nursing who recognize the need for continued personal and professional development throughout life.
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Sample of Related Occupations
For additional information on each occupation or any others you may be considering, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook, a nationally recognized source of career information, put together by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Professional Associations & Additional Career Information
Internships, Co-ops and Employment Opportunities
Nursing majors may find experiential opportunities or employment in a number of areas depending on your skills, abilities and experience. Career-related internships and co-op placements are a great avenue to establishing yourself as a qualified candidate for full-time, professional-level career opportunities after graduation.
The following list of employers and job titles shows opportunities where the employer was specifically looking for nursing majors. This list is meant to be a resource for further career-related investigation and DOES NOT REFLECT current openings. To look for current openings, please visit College Central Network, CCSU's online job, internship, and co-op database, on the Career Success Center website here.
Ability Beyond Disability - Registered Nurse
American Red Cross - Volunteer Opportunities
Connecticare - Medicare Case Manager
Connecticut Children's Medical Center - Student Clinical Placement Program
Danbury Hospital - Nurse Extern Control Float Pool
Greenwich Hospital - Nurse Clinician
Hartford Hospital - Volunteer Opportunities
Middlesex Hospital - Academic Observation Opportunities
Wheeler Clinic - Program Nurse: Congregate Care, Psychiatric Nurse: Children's Outpatient & Community Based Services, Program Nurse: Juvenile Justice Intermediate Evaluation
Yale-New Haven Hospital - Student Nursing Assistant Internship Program, Nurse Shadowing Program