Nursing

About Nursing

Nurses play a crucial role in the medical system, treating and caring for ill patients, preventing illnesses, assisting doctors, and promoting health and well being. Nurses work in a variety of settings including hospitals, doctors’ offices, clinics, schools and other environments in which medical care is rendered. Students in the Valdosta State University nursing program develop critical thinking skills, gain an appreciation for diverse cultural perspectives, and learn how to address policy disputes and social problems related to health care. Upon graduation, Valdosta State nursing students assume leadership in the fields of nursing and health care, making a positive impact on their communities and touching people’s lives every day. 

Nursing at Valdosta State University

Students in the Valdosta State College of Nursing work with highly trained faculty and take rigorous coursework in the field in their quest to become licensed nurses. Students have access to facilities and equipment specially designed for nursing students, including METI Simulation Labs. The state-of-the-art labs give students an invaluable opportunity to practice their skills with simulated patient encounters and help students develop critical thinking skills and enhance their clinical judgment abilities. Students in the program also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience by collaborating with health care partners throughout the community. 

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
  • Bachelor of Science in R.N. Nursing (B.S.N.)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)

 Minors

  • Nutritional Science

About the Nursing Curriculum

B.S.N. in Nursing

Students in the baccalaureate program in nursing take a series of sequenced courses that emphasize the connections between the concepts of holism, caring, competence, health and teaching/learning. The program is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing and provides a major measure of eligibility for the national licensing examination in nursing, which can lead to use of the title Registered Nurse. Students who have a bachelor’s degree or higher in a non-nursing field of study may qualify for the Accelerated B.S.N. Program for Second Degree Students track of study.

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B.S.N. R.N. in R.N. Nursing

This innovative program is an R.N. Preference Pathway program, which allows registered nursing students to pursue the B.S.N. degree and complete the degree requirements in one academic year. Students may also choose to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing degree concurrently with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, an option that typically takes two-and-a-half years to complete.

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Nutritional Science Minor

Students in the nutritional science minor learn about holistic health concepts, alternative and complementary healing practices, contemporary medical regimes, the importance of nutritional balance, and a range of holistic and creative interventions to address nutritional problems and diseases. Fifteen hours of coursework are required.

M.S.N. in Nursing

The master’s program in nursing education prepares nurses for specialized clinical roles. Students must select a clinical track in advanced nursing of growing families, advanced nursing of adults or psychiatric/mental health nursing, along with a role option as care manager, nurse practitioner, nurse educator or nurse administrator. Prior to selecting their clinical and role options, students take a common core that includes pathophysiology and research and theory.

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Careers*

  • Ambulatory care nurse
  • Cardiovascular nurse
  • Case manager
  • Certified nurse midwife
  • Gastroenterology/endoscopy nurse
  • Genetics nurse
  • Geriatric nurse
  • Home health care nurse
  • Labor and delivery nurse
  • Licensed practical nurse
  • Nephrology nurse
  • Neurological nurse
  • Nurse anesthetist
  • Nurse educator
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Obstetrics/gynecology nurse
  • Oncology nurse
  • Operating room nurse
  • Orthopedic nurse
  • Pediatric nurse
  • Perinatal nurse
  • Registered nurse
  • Rehabilitation nurse
  • School nurse
  • Staff nurse
  • Subacute care nurse
    Psychiatric nurse
  • Trauma nurse

 *Some career possibilities may require additional degrees or certifications.

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