What Can I Do with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing?

While earning a bachelor's degree is not a requirement for becoming a licensed practical nurse (LPN) or a registered nurse (RN), getting a bachelor's degree in nursing before or after becoming an RN can open doors to other career options in the nursing profession. If you'd like to know what you could do with a bachelor's degree in nursing, keep reading. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Career Options with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing

Emergency and Critical Care Nursing

Emergency and critical care nurses handle patients who are facing life-threatening situations. In either position, you will typically work in a hospital. You may work in the emergency room, but if you work as a critical care nurse, you may also have job opportunities in intensive care units and transitional or recovery facilities. Both career paths offer the chance to specialize in an area, such as pediatrics, neonatal and cardiac care. To work as an emergency nurse, you won't need additional training, but to work as a critical care nurse, you may need to complete a critical care training course.

Pediatric Nursing

Pediatric nurses work with children from birth to adulthood. As a pediatric nurse, you may work in different areas of the hospital, such as the emergency room. You may also work within a specialty, such as adolescent care. To work in pediatrics, you usually need no further formal training, but you may receive on-the-job training.

Perioperative/Surgical Nurse

Perioperative or operating room nurses assist surgeons in the operating room by coordinating the surgical staff and overseeing a patient's pre-operative and post-operative care. Because there are many different types of surgical procedures, many perioperative nurses also have specialties, much like surgeons. No additional education is required to work as a perioperative nurse, but to work in a specialty area, you may need further education or training.

Psychiatric Nursing

Psychiatric nurses work in hospitals, for mental health organizations, for government agencies and in private practice, focusing on individual patients, their families and communities. You don't need further education to work in an entry-level position, but you should have knowledge of mental health disorders, addiction, family counseling, psychiatric diagnosis procedures and therapy options.

Geriatric Nursing

Geriatric nurses care for patients at the end of the life cycle. You can work in hospitals, nursing homes, senior living facilities or in private practice. There is no additional education required to work in geriatric nursing.

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