Career Services Center

Rockwell Hall
Commons Level
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Email: careerservices@duq.edu
Phone: 412-396-6644
Fax: 412-396-6646

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    Learn More About Nursing

    Registered nurses (RNs) are vital to our society because they work to help prevent disease and to provide necessary care for those who are suffering from illness and injury.  RNs must be able to perform a variety of important tasks such as observing, analyzing, recording and often treating a patient's symptoms.

    Nurses help patients develop rehabilitation plans and to develop plans to maintain their health after a recovery.  Registered nurses are also called upon to assist physicians during surgeries.

    Though state laws determine the specific tasks that registered nurses may perform in the workplace, the nature of the jobs vary by sector and employer.  The more highly skilled you are, the higher your pay will be.

    Although a medical career is extremely rewarding and often lucrative, healthcare professionals experience high levels of stress, and the field requires a great deal of commitment, endurance and hard work.  Your patient's well being and their lives could depend on the quality of your work.

    If you are a person who loves to learn new things, your career as a healthcare professional will be rewarding, as the healthcare field changes constantly with the development of new technology, advanced procedures, emerging treatments, and new diseases.

    Employment

    Allergy and Immunology, Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Geriatrics, Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Neurology, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Neurosurgery, Forensics, Consulting, Self-employment, Ambulatory, Academia, Administration

    Strategies
    • Research various nursing careers, including educational requirements, salary, hours, and job responsibilities.
    • Study subjects commonly covered by nursing entrance exams including math, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and sometimes basic scientific information such as biology and chemistry.  If you are applying for an RN program, you may also be asked to demonstrate a basic knowledge of anatomy and physics.
    • Volunteer in health-related facilities or organizations
    • Join and be active in nursing related sororities, fraternities, and clubs
    • Subscribe and read professional journals, articles and books to stay current on related topics
    • Network with people in the profession