Get a head start on your nursing career
Are you passionate about improving the health and well-being of others? Are you a strong math and science student? Do you enjoy working as part of a team? Do you want a career that’s challenging but rewarding?
If you answered “yes” to those questions, a career in nursing might be just what you’re looking for.
What do nurses do?
Registered nurses are health care professionals who diagnose and treat patients. They also work collaboratively with other health care professionals to deliver holistic care. Common responsibilities include:
- Taking health histories
- Performing physical exams and diagnostic tests
- Administering treatments and medications
- Creating and implementing plans of care
- Providing health education and counseling
- Coordinating care
- Directing and supervising care performed by other health care professionals
- Engaging in quality improvement
Nurses work in a variety of settings, from hospitals and doctor’s offices to nursing homes and schools. Some nurses specialize in working with specific types of patients, such as burn victims or cancer patients, or in certain settings, such as the emergency department or the intensive care unit. Others focus on public health, educating people about preventive care or how to manage chronic conditions.
No matter where they work or what their specialty is, nurses play an important role in helping people get and stay healthy.