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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.

Visit CCSU’s Nursing Department webpage here.

Sample of Related Occupations

Acute Care Nurse

Maternity Nurse

Operating Room Nurse

Nurse Administrator

Pediatric Nurse

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Nurse Geneticist

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse

Nurse Practitioner

Emergency Room Nurse

Nurse Researcher

Quality Assurance Nurse

Geriatric & Long Term Care Nurse

Nursing Educator

Rehabilitation Nurse

Home Health Nurse

Occupational Health Nurse

School Nurse

Oncology Nurse

Traveling Nurse

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

All Nursing

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International

American Nurses Association

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Discover Nursing

Explore Careers in Nursing

National Student Nurses Association

Nursing Degree Directory

Nursing Job Resource Center

Sloan Foundation Careers in Science, Technology and Medicine

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