Nurses are integral members of the healthcare team who work in collaboration with doctors, therapists, and other medical professionals to provide care to patients. Nurses are always in demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing is one of the "Top Ten" occupations with the largest growth and most opportunity. Nursing offers a wide variety of professional placements ranging from direct patient care in a hospital to doctoral-trained research positions to work with international public health agencies.
Resources for learning more about the profession of nursing and the many specialties include:
- "Nursing Career Center" - a career and job search guide
- "Careers in Nursing" - a list of professional options along with their respective requirements
- Practicing Clinicians - a side-by-side comparison of the roles of physician assistants and nurse practitioners
Hamilton students interested in nursing may pursue one of two paths. One option is an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program that awards a second bachelor's degree in nursing upon completion of the program and leads to obtaining a license as a registered nurse (RN). The second option is a direct-entry Master's degree program leading to a Master of Science in Nursing. This degree leads to first obtain a license as an RN, followed by a license to become a nurse practitioner (NP).
Sites for identifying potential programs offering nursing degrees:
- Schools that offer Accelerated Baccalaureate Programs for Non-nursing College Graduates
- Nursing Education Programs (all levels) listed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing member directory (searchable)
Hamilton graduates who chose nursing continued their studies at the master's level, studying either full-time or part-time, to practice as a certified nurse practitioner. Nurse practitioners are trained to take medical histories, diagnose and manage diseases, order X-rays and diagnostic tests, write prescriptions, and order referrals. Depending on the kind of work they enjoy, nurse practitioners can specialize in areas such as family medicine, adult health, pediatrics, acute care, women's health, oncology, surgery, etc. It should be noted that nurse practitioners can set up their own offices and are not required to work under the supervision of a physician.
Hamilton students considering a career in nursing may wish to gain hospital experience at a facility near their home and/or may want to apply for the summer internship at Burke Rehabilitation Center in White Plains, NY. The internship opportunity will be listed in HamNet in the spring semester.