Nursing


The School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), which is designed to prepare graduates for professional nursing practice in hospitals and other health care agencies. These graduates work in pediatric, medical/surgical, obstetrical, psychiatric or community health nursing settings. Students enter the nursing program after 2 years (62 credit hours) of preparatory work in an accredited liberal arts college. 
 
Admission to the school is competitive. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required to apply. The School of Nursing also offers a Master of Science (MS), a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD). 

School of Nursing website

Sample of Related Skills

  • Provide patient-centered care 
     
  • Consider patients’ preferences, values, and needs within the context of their families, communities, and health care delivery system 
     
  • Use clinical evidence and reasoning to demonstrate knowledge and skills 
     
  • Identify threats to safety and develop strategies to minimize risk of harm 
     
  • Incorporate concepts of health promotion, disease, and injury prevention 
     
  • Manage patient care technologies and information management systems 
     
  • Display accountability for legal, moral and ethical considerations within current standards of professional practice  

Popular Career Paths

Administration: Includes the management and coordination of nursing personnel.

Direct Service: Involves providing direct nursing services to patients in a variety of settings, including medical, pediatric, obstetrical, psychiatric or public/community health.

Education: Involves educating future nursing professionals in a higher education setting or educating the public and patients about health-related issues in community agency settings.

Research: This is a newer area within the nursing profession and primarily involves designing and evaluating patient-related and nursing practitioner-related research. 

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Jobs to Consider

Places to Seek Employment

  • Centers for Nursing Research
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Community Health Agencies
  • Corporations/Department Stores/Factories
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Insurance Agencies
  • International Health Organizations
  • Local, State, and Federal Government Health Agencies
  • Medical Centers and Clinics
  • Mental Health Agencies
  • Military
  • Nursing Homes/Extended Care Facilities
  • Outpatient Care Facilities
  • Physicians'/Dentists' Offices
  • Private Practice
  • Public and Private Schools
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Surgical Clinics
  • Wellness Clinics

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Employment Strategies

  1. Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields. 
     
  2. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internshipspart-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
     
  3. Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information. 
     
  4. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field. 
     
  5. Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center. 
     
  6. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
     
  7. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals. 
     
  8. Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills. 
     
  9. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school. 
     
  10. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.