What To Do With Your: Nursing Degree

From region to region, a high demand for nurses is always in pursuit.

Hospitals and medical offices are constantly in need for nurses. However, here’s the catch: it depends on what type of nurse you’re trying to be.



The NCLEX, or the National Council Licensure Examination, is an examination for prospective nurses to become licensed in the United States.

If you’re on good terms with the state board and passed the NCLEX, then you’re pretty set.

After Graduation:

Keep an open schedule.

You never know when you’re going to be needed whether it’s early in the morning or late at night.

Don’t expect to get the position you want.

As a newcomer, you may not get the position you feel like you deserve. Chances are, you’re going to have to start from the bottom up.

You may not like it, but hang in there as nurses typically move up the ranks fairly quickly.

Thinking about teaching?

You’re going to need some actual nursing experience prior to teaching. While it varies state-to-state, most classroom programs require experience, a BSN (Bachelor of Science in nursing), and a master’s degree.

So if you think teaching is for you, plan on heading to grad school right after your undergrad and you could be teaching in only a few years.

Have you’re game plan laid out.

If you’re thinking about becoming hospital management, you need to have an organized plan on how you’re going to there. Plan your educational goals, network, and keep your eyes open for opportunities.

Present yourself as hard working and as someone who has their plan together.


Whether you like the position or not, stay optimistic and friendly. You never know if the person next to you can help you progress to the next step. Try joining you’re local professional associations for networking.

Types of Nursing to Consider:

– Nurse Midwife

– Agency Nursing

– Nurse Anesthetist

– Clinical Nurse Specialist

– Practical Nurse

– Nurse Practitioner

– Pediatric Nurse

– Cardiac Nurse

– ER Nurse

– Geriatric Nurse

– Neonatal Nurse

Remember, keep a positive attitude even if there aren’t job openings, but with nursing that usually isn’t the case.

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