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Nursing involves caring for individuals and communities by helping them stay healthy and emphasizing quality of life. Nurses focus on addressing the needs of the whole person and can provide care involving health promotion or restorative, supportive, or terminal care. Nursing programs are competitive and require strong academic skills and a solid background in biology.

Colorado Mesa University offers many different levels of nursing programs including Nurse Aide, Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, Bachelor of Nursing, and graduate degree programs. Students can follow the nursing career ladder and start with a certificate program and gain work experience while working their way up to a Bachelor’s degree or they can take all of their general education coursework first and go straight to their Bachelor’s degree.
Nursing programs at Colorado Mesa are very competitive and have separate application processes with selective admission requirements and application deadlines.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (BSN) provides educational experiences to prepare a
professional nurse generalist to practice in a variety of health care settings. The program integrates
nursing theory, practice, and science with a broad liberal arts education and provides a foundation for
graduate school in nursing. The curriculum includes the use of fully equipped skills labs, high-tech
simulation mannequins, and clinical placements in a variety of health care organizations and hospitals. It
is designed to prepare graduates having met state licensure requirements to practice as a professional
nurse, pursue graduate education, assume leadership roles, and promote learning as a lifelong process.

The RN-BSN program at Colorado Mesa University is an online program, allowing Registered Nurses with
an Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing to advance their degree and obtain a Bachelor of Science in
Nursing. Registered Nurses can continue their employment with this flexible program by completing
classes on a full-time or part-time basis and by taking courses online or in-person.


• Acute Care Nurse
• Admin. of Nursing Services
• Admin. of Educational Programs
• Adolescent Nurse Specialist
• Adult Health Care
• Ambulatory Care
• Behavioral Health
• Cardiac Care Nurse
• Case Manager
• Charge Nurse
• College Faculty or Staff
• Community Health
• Correctional Health
• Critical Care Nurse
• Delivery Room Supervisor
• Developmental Disabilities
• Diabetes Nursing
• Emergency Surgical Nurse
• Family Nursing
• Gerontology
• Health Educator
• Home Health Nurse
• Hospital Administrator
• Licensed Practical Nurse
• Maternity Nursing
• Medical-Surgical Nurse
• Mental Health
• Neonatal Nurse
• Neurological Nurse
• Nurse Anesthetist
• Nurse Midwife
• Nurse Researcher
• Nursing Health Policy Advisor
• Nurse Practitioner
• Occupational Health Nurse
• Oncology Nurse
• Patient Care Assistant/Tech
• Pediatric Nurse
• Physiological Nursing
• Private Duty Nurse
• Psychiatric Nurse
• Psychosocial Nursing
• Public Health
• Pulmonary Nurse
• Registered Nurse
• Rehabilitation Nurse
• Respiratory Nurse
• School Nurse
• Spinal Cord Injury Nurse Practitioner
• Staff Development
• Trauma Nurse
• Transplant Coordinator
• Wellness Coordinator

Note: Some of the occupations listed above may require additional education, experience, or training beyond a bachelor’s degree. To research these occupations use the Career Research Resources links below.

• Monitor patient care and accurately record symptoms and medications in patient charts
• Administer medications or start intravenous fluids
• Provide basic patient care such as taking blood pressure, treating wounds, or taking temperatures
• Measure patient vital signs
• Collect samples and perform routine laboratory tests on them
• Operate medical equipment like catheters, oxygen suppliers, and IV bags
• Inventory and order medical supplies, plan budgets, and manage staff
• Provide personal care to patients in nursing homes, private home settings, or hospitals such as
keeping rooms orderly, seeing that patients are comfortable, and assisting with personal hygiene
• Collaborate with health care team to assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care plans

• Assisted Living Centers
• Business & Industry
• Community Organizations
• Doctor’s Offices
• Government Health Agencies
• Health/Wellness Organizations
• Home Health Care
• Hospices
• Hospitals
• Rehabilitation Agencies
• Research Centers
• Schools

Skills needed by Nursing majors:

• Critical thinking skills
• Caring and patient
• Ability to empathize and understand human behavior and development
• Counsel, instruct, & comfort
• Knowledge in biology and medicine
• Math skills
• Leadership and decision-making skills
• Interpersonal & written communication skills
• Ability to work with diverse people
• Work well under stress
• Prioritize multiple tasks
• Ability to collaborate and adapt
• Detail-oriented
• Physical stamina & manual dexterity

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