"Nurses promote health, prevent disease, and help patients cope with illness. They have a unique scope of practice and can practice independently, although they also collaborate with all members of the healthcare team to provide the care needed by each patient as an individual. Nurses are hands-on health professionals who provide focused and highly personalized care. The field has a wide range of career opportunities, ranging from entry-level practitioner to doctoral-level researcher.
Nurses also serve as advocates for patients, families, and communities. They develop and manage nursing care plans; instruct patients and their families in proper care; and help individuals and groups take steps to improve or maintain their health."
(ExploreHealthCareers.org and American Association of Colleges of Nursing)
- There are hundreds of masters and doctoral nursing programs in the US (several in Florida). These are designed for students who hold a bachelor's degree in nursing.
- There also are accelerated bachelor's degree programs in nursing for students who have completed most or all of an undergraduate degree in another (not nursing) field.
- All types of nursing programs can be searched for using the AACN webpage.
- Most programs look for a minimum undergraduate GPA around 3.0
- Most programs require a GRE or MAT score
- Letters of Recommendations
- Experience in healthcare