Careers & KU Majors: School of 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).
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.
Explore More Career Paths
- ExploreHealthCareers.org - nursing careers overview
- Nursing School 411 - resource with information on nursing schools, licensure, degrees, salary, and job listings
Jobs to Consider
Places to Seek Employment
Centers for Nursing Research
Colleges and Universities
Community Health Agencies
International Health Organizations
Local, State, and Federal Government Health Agencies
Medical Centers and Clinics
Mental Health Agencies
Nursing Homes/Extended Care Facilities
Outpatient Care Facilities
Public and Private Schools
Social Service Agencies
View specific employers by state.
- Consider earning a master's degree if you are interested in pursuing advanced practice areas of nursing, including: clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, and administration. Consider earning a doctoral degree if you are interested in pursuing research or teaching at a university.
- Become familiar with the required professional qualifications associated with careers that interest you (i.e., advanced degrees, licensure and/or certifications).
- Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
- Register for HireJayhawks.com and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
- Consider joining a professional organization related to nursing, such as the Kansas State Nurses Association, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
- Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals.
- Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing an advanced degree in Nursing.
- Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest, such as: Pre-Nursing Club, Association of Undergraduate Students in Nursing, Hawks for Health, or a student organization at the KU Medical Center campus.
Job and Internship Search Resources
- Allied Health Careers.com - job opportunities in allied health-related careers, including nursing
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing Job Search Tip Sheet - tips for what every nursing school graduate should consider when seeking employment
- Campus RN - nursing and healthcare jobs as well as nursing scholarships
- Hospital Jobs Online.com - comprehensive listing of healthcare jobs in hospitals across the US, including many nursing job postings
- Nursing Careers - information on nursing degree programs, career paths, and salary
- kshealthjobs.net - list of jobs across the state of Kansas
- Kansas State Nurses Association Career Center - job opportunities for nursing professionals in Kansas
- KU Center for Community Outreach - local volunteer opportunities in a variety of areas, including public health
- Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department - job opportunities with LDCHD
- National League for Nursing - nursing education jobs and career resources for students
- Nurse.com - job listings and career resources in nursing
- Nurse's Career Center - job listings in nursing from the American Nurse's Association
- Nursing Jobs for KU Graduates - job listings resource for graduates of the KU School of Nursing program (local and national listings)
- Travel Nurse - a free career resource for nurses researching career opportunities and searching for positions.