Nursing is a science and an art that focuses on promoting a good quality of life. It is a profession focused on assisting individuals, families and communities in attaining, maintaining and recovering optimal health. Nurses promote health, prevent disease, and help patients cope with illness. They have a unique scope of practice and can practice independently, although they also collaborate with all members of the healthcare team to provide the care needed by each patient as an individual. Students entering the pre-nursing curriculum at K-State take courses in preparation to transfer to a school that offers a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Registered Nursing is among the Top Ten Occupations with the Largest Job Growth. Nurses are hands-on health professionals who provide focused and highly personalized care. The field has a wide range of career opportunities, ranging from entry-level practitioner to doctoral-level researcher. Nurses also serve as advocates for patients, families, and communities. They develop and manage nursing care plans; instruct patients and their families in proper care; and help individuals and groups take steps to improve or maintain their health.

Related career titles

There are variety of specializations within the field of nursing. Some of these career titles are as follows:

Registered Nurse
Emergency/Trauma nurse
Medical/Surgical nurse
Nurse educator
*Nurse anesthetist
*Nurse practitioner
*these career titles require further education

Related pre-nursing links

K-State Pre-Professional Advising Center Website

All Nursing Schools

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

American Nurses Association

Discover Nursing

Nursing Career Guide

Nursing Centralized Application System (NCAS)

Nursing Entrance Exams Guide