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Nursing

Major Information

Nursing, probably one of the most popular of all health careers, employs the largest number of health care
providers. Patient contact and responsibility are ever present for nursing professionals who are challenged
daily to provide personal and direct client care. Clinical skills, sensitivity, stamina, and judgment are needed
in order for nurses to meet the physical and emotional needs of their patients. Nursing, a demanding and
responsible profession, also requires compassion and offers a wide variety of career opportunities. At
Georgia Southern University there are three tracks students are able to take to achieve an undergraduate
nursing degree: the pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the accelerated BSN program for the
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), and the online BSN program for the Registered Nurse (RN). Entrance into
the School of Nursing is separate from entrance into the University; please visit the department website for more information.

General Information

Degree(s) Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) 
  • RN to BSN (BSN) 
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)  
  • Emphasis: Nurse Practitioner (Family or Psychiatric Mental Health) or Chronic Care  Management  
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Sample Occupations

*Requires additional education

  • Geriatrics 
  • Intensive Care  
  • Maternal Infant Nursing Neonatology 
  • Nursing Administration*
  • Occupational Health Oncology 
  • Pediatrics 
  • Psychiatry 
  • Public Health
  • Hospice 
  • Nurse Practitioner* 
  • School Nursing 
  • Surgery 
  • Teaching*

Sample Work Settings

  • Hospitals 
  • Public Health Departments
  • Community Health Clinics
  • Prisons 
  • Migrant Centers 
  • Public Schools 
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Physicians’ Offices 
  • Private Homes 
  • Military 
  • Hospice  
  • Rehabilitation Centers 
  • Mental Health Institutions
  • Nursing Homes 
  • Industry 

Sample Employers

  • Memorial Health 
  • St. Joseph’s/Candler 
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Northside Hospital
  • Wellstar Health System
  • Grady Health System
  • Navicent Health 
  • Emory Healthcare
  • Piedmont Atlanta Hospital
  • University Healthcare System
  • Gwinnett Medical Center
  • Augusta University 
  • Meadows Regional Medical Center

Connecting Majors, Skills, and Occupations

  • View learning outcomes associated with your major in the Georgia Southern Academic Catalog:

Georgia Southern Academic Catalog

  • Explore the connection between occupations and skills in O*Net:

www.onetonline.org

  • Use Handshake to upload your résumé and explore internships and jobs. For more information:

www.georgiasouthern.edu/ocpd

Internet Resources

To explore values, interests, and skills:

FOCUS 2 bit.ly/focuscareer

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – $15

Self-Directed Search – $15

http://www.georgiasouthern.edu/ocpd

To explore occupational outlooks and salaries:

National Compensation Survey

www.bls.gov/ncs/

National Association of College and Employers  (NACE) 

http://www.naceweb.org/salary resources/index.aspx 

Professional Organizations

American Association of Colleges of Nursing 

www. aacn.nche.edu 

American Nurses Association  

www.nursingworld.org 

Georgia Nurses Association  

www.georgianurses.org 

The National Black Nurses Association 

www.nbna.org 

National Student Nurses Association 

www.nsna.org 

Sigma Theta Tau International  

www.nursingsociety.org 

Georgia Southern Student Organizations

Sigma Theta Tau International, Mu Kappa Chapter (Honor Society of Nursing) 

Student Nurses Association 

Professional Tips

  • Pre-Nursing students should seek to maintain a high GPA to be admitted into the program. 
  • Students should also obtain other volunteer and leadership experiences, especially related to  healthcare.  

Résumé Tips

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing  
  • Make sure that the objective either states a specific facility (i.e., Memorial Hospital) or use the  terminology healthcare facility (NOT the word company) – To obtain a RN position at a healthcare  facility utilizing my education, skills, and experience. 
  • The order of the résumé should be: objective, education, clinical experience, work experience (if any),  then leadership, volunteer, etc.  
  • Include nursing skills section that highlights clinical experiences (i.e., administer medications, insert  IV, etc.) 
  • Include clinical experience.

Last updated: 7/26/2022