Nursing - What to Do with this Major

Job Titles

Adult Day-Care Activities Director Emergency Care Nurse Operating Room Nurse
Assisted Living Director Field Care Coordinator Palliative Care Nurse
Certified Operating Room Nurse Geriatrics Nurse Pediatric Nurse
Charge Nurse Group Home Activity Coordinator Preoperative Nurse
Chief Nurse Executive Hospice Nurse Private Duty Nurse
Childbirth Educator Neuroscience Nurse Referral Specialist
Clinical Project Coordinator Nurse Anesthetist Rehabilitation Nurse
Colon Therapist Nurse Educator Renal Nurse
Communication Aids Sales Rep. Nurse Manager Research Nurse
Community Health Educator Nurse Midwife Retirement Community Manager
Community Health Nurse Nurse Practitioner Retirement Complex Administrator
Coordinator of a Methadone Clinic Infant Mortality Educator Staff Nurse
Critical Care Nurse Obstetrics and Gynecology Nurse School Nurse
Day Rehabilitation Nurse Occupational Health Nurse Transplantation Nurse
Director of Maternal Child Health Office Nurse Wound Care Nurse
Director of Psychiatric Services Oncology Nurse  


Personal Characteristics to be Successful

Analytical Emotional stability Patient
Calm Empathetic Persistent
Compassionate Friendly Responsible
Detail oriented Helpful Strong
Dependable Intelligent Sympathetic
Decisive Mathematical competence Understanding
Efficient Organized  


Workplace Skills

Administer medication and injections
Assess and record symptoms, reactions, and progress
Assist patients in recovery and rehabilitation
Carry out doctor's orders
Collect and prepare laboratory specimens
Develop treatment plans
Dress wounds
Explain medical treatment procedures to patients
Follow orders quickly and accurately
Formulate care plans, then execute and evaluate their effectiveness
Instruct patients about medications and special diets
Maintain records
Operate sophisticated medical equipment
Perform basic lab tests
Perform health screenings, tests, and procedures
Prepare patients for exams and assist with exams
Provide emergency care
Possess good judgment
Recognize physiological changes in patient's conditions
Record vital signs (blood pressure, temperature, and pulse rate)
Remove sutures
Take electrocardiograms
Take medical history
Work with the ill
Work under pressure




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Johnson County Community College, Web site (visited October 2007):