"Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter's or sculptor's work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God's spirit?"
~ Florence Nightingale
What is nursing?
The American Nurses' Association defines nursing as "the diagnosis and treatment of human responses to actual or potential health problems." Nurses care for patients in a variety of settings, from homes to clinics to rehabilitation centers to hospitals. Their care varies depending on what type of facility and what specialty they work in. Nurses working in primary care offices may take blood pressure readings, give physical examinations, and handle machines and monitors. Those working in a maternity ward might take part of labor coaching and providing initial, critical medical care for newborns. In general, there are five steps to nursing: 1) Assessment, 2) Diagnosis, 3) Planning 4) Implementation, and 5) Evaluation. The job functions vary greatly with specialty and setting, but the objective is consistently to showing care and concern to patients while providing health care.
The 56 credit Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at William Paterson University is housed in the College of Science and Health. Aside from 56 credits in the major, there are 36 co-requisite credits that include courses from biology, chemistry, math, and psychology. Graduates of the BSN program are eligible to take the NCLEX exam to become a registered professional nurse. A clinical laboratory and on campus learning center aids are key components to the program. Major courses include, but are not limited to, Nursing as a Profession, Adaptation Nursing, Nursing Research, and Community Systems.
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Interests and Skills
- Critical thinking skills
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Ability to analyze data
- Strong attention to detail
- Multi-tasking skills and ability to work under pressure
- Manual dexterity
- Quick decision making skills
- Numerical computation skills
People working within the field of nursing have several options in terms of work environment. Nurses may choose to work in various hospital departments such as pediatrics, surgical, emergency, critical care, maternity, women's health, intensive care, cancer treatment, mental health, operating/recovery room; personal homes as a home health care nurse; schools and universities; physician's offices; large corporations; daycare centers; health departments; senior centers; mental health facilities; religious organizations; social service agencies; armed forces; in government agencies such as the PeaceCorps; wellness centers; pharmaceutical companies; law firms; and clinics.
Possible Job Titles
Acute Care nurse
Assistant Director of Nursing Regency Gardens Nursing Home
RN, Postpartum St. Peter's Hospital
RN, Oncology/Pediatrics Hackensack University Medical Center
RN, Surgical/Orthopedics Chilton Memorial Hospital
RN, Perinatal St. Joseph's Hospital
RN, Home Care Valley Home Care
RN, Psychiatric Greystone Psychiatric Hospital
Clinical Research Associate Schering Plough Research Institute
Staff Nurse, Juvenile Retention Bergen County Family Guidance
School Nurse Soaring Heights Charter School
Staff Nurse, Spinal Cord Injuries Kessler Rehabilitation
Enhance Your Qualifications
Successful students tend to seek out opportunities to enhance their qualifications through a variety of means. Within nursing, some suggestions may include gaining practical experience through being a nurse's aide or an internship/externship/practicum/job shadowing; joining a professional nursing organization; developing computer skills; getting involved in career-related organizations on campus; looking into the possibility of graduate school; and attending networking functions.
Related Web Sites
National Student Nurses' Association www.nsna.org
American Nurses Association www.nursingworld.org
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses www.aacn.org
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education www.aacn.nche.edu
Career Information www.nurseuniverse.com
Career Information www.nursezone.com
Occupational Outlook www.bls.gov/oco/
Industry Information www.vault.com
Job Search and Salary information www.rileyguide.com
Occupation Information http://online.onetcenter.org
Other Sources of Information
Please drop by the Career Development and Advisement Center to learn more about careers in nursing. The career library carries career-specific books and counselors are available to answer any further questions you may have. Visiting the Nursing Department on campus may also prove valuable in addressing questions.