July 31, 2009, Newsletter Issue #168: Selecting a Specialization for Your Bachelor Degree in Nursing

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Before obtaining a bachelor degree in nursing, itís important to have a specialization or concentration in mind. Nursing is a versatile program that encompasses a variety of diverse subjects and specializations. Here are a few questions to get you started and then examples of common areas of specialization to consider when pursuing your bachelor of degree in nursing.

Where do you like to live and work? Do you enjoy travel? What type of environment do you prefer? Here are a few examples of common specializations by placement type:

Military Private nursingTravel and/or conciergeCorrectional (prison, jail, adolescent detention centers)Summer campsSchool systemCollege campusNursing homes What population do you enjoy working with the most? Here are a few examples of common specializations by population type:

Newborns (neonatology)Children and adolescents (pediatrics)Adults or the elderly (gerontology or geriatrics)Terminally ill Mentally IllPregnant or new mothers What conditions do you enjoy working with?

EpidemiologyDiabetesGeneral EducationHIV/AIDS education, prevention or treatmentOncologyMany More! Schedule a time to speak to an academic advisor in your department to determine whether a specific course of study will fit your needs. Particularly if you intend to further your education or pursue a graduate degree at a later date, be sure to review not only the undergraduate plan of study but also graduate courses for any colleges you may wish to attend.

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