School of Nursing
With LPN, BSN, MSN, DNP, and Post-Graduate Certificate programs, South College offers quality nursing programs, knowledgeable instructors, and supportive staff to help you start and grow in your nursing knowledge and skills. Get moving on your goals by finding the right nursing program for you at South College!
Understanding the Impact of Nursing
Nursing is a challenging and fulfilling profession, where you have the chance to make a real different in the lives of your patients. Nurses serve as a care provider, educator, and advocate for patients. They deliver collaborative, interdisciplinary care that helps healthcare teams realize better patient outcomes. Nurses have many opportunities to learn and grow within the ever-changing healthcare field and are able to choose a nursing specialty through continued education.
Specific Characteristics of Nursing Roles
- Nurses (LPN, nursing assistant, registered nurse, nurse practitioner & DNP specialist) are key members of the healthcare team and mostly a patient’s first contact.
- The nurse will typically be the first to assess immediate status of the patient, obtain vital signs for the physician and establish a set of key criteria or preparation for the physician so that they have the complete view.
- Unyielding compassion, attention to detail and observation, as well as outstanding ability to multi-task are traits very common to nurses.
- High energy and enthusiasm for problem-solving and fast-paced teamwork with other members of the healthcare team are crucial to the role.
- The nurse practitioner is typically a deeply specialized member of the healthcare team with expertise in areas such as pediatrics, geriatrics, mental health, and other core areas.
- The DNP (Doctor of Nurse Practitioner) has an even more specialized focus, working in areas such as anesthesiology and family practice, or even serving at the executive leadership level of a healthcare facility.
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