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 include:
- “Career Profiles ” - 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 (MSN). This degree leads to first obtain a license as an RN, followed by a license to become a nurse practitioner (NP). 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.
For information and a directory of accelerated Baccalaureate and Master's degrees in nursing, see the American Association of Colleges of Nursing webpage on accelerated programs.
For more on nursing, check out: Alumni Insight: An Unexpected Career in Healthcare featuring Annie Scott ’11