THINKING ABOUT NURSING SCHOOL?
Nursing is an extremely rewarding career that combines the art of caring and the science of nursing. As a
nurse you have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others by focusing on the patient as a
whole, not just a particular health problem. Registered nursing (RN) practice involves diagnosing and
treating human responses to actual or potential physical and emotional health problems, as well as
evaluating the outcomes of care.
Registered nurses function in a variety of roles and settings, depending upon education, competencies,
and experiences. For example, nurses may work in high-tech settings such as those found in hospitals, or
provide home health care in patients’ homes, or give nursing care to the elderly and disabled in long-term
care settings such as nursing homes. Nurses with graduate education may work as nursing faculty,
researchers, administrators, or as Advanced Practice Nurses in direct patient care in many different types
Preparing for a career in nursing requires a solid foundation in math; the natural sciences such as
chemistry, biology, or physics; and the social sciences, such as psychology or sociology. Currently, there
are three types of nursing educational preparation that prepare the graduate to sit for a standardized test
to become a Registered Nurse (RN). In today’s labor market, new graduates have their choice of several
job offers and start their nursing career with salaries in the low-to-mid $50,000 range.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a university/college-based nursing educational
program that can be completed within four years of full time study.
The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) is granted through community colleges. This nursing
course of study can be completed in two years of full time study.
• Hospital-based/diploma schools of nursing are affiliated with a hospital and generally can be
completed in two years of full time study. A diploma in nursing is awarded. Most New Je