According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Registered Nursing is among the Top Ten Occupations with the Largest Job Growth. 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.
As you review your options, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Pre-nursing is not a degree-granting program, so you cannot major in pre-nursing.
- Individual advising is strongly recommended.
- Pre-nursing students take pre-requirement course work in preparation to transfer to a school that offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Accelerated BSN. However, it is possible for students to stay at K-State for three years, or graduate from K-State and then transfer.