About Nursing

Photo of a teacher showing a student how to work with a patientNursing has been traditionally defined as a helping profession, but nursing in the 21st century has evolved into a highly respected, multidimensional discipline. Today’s nurse functions in complex health healthcare settings, requiring a high level of critical thinking, organization and leadership ability. Nurses assess health needs, develop plans of care, and provide independent and collaborative treatment.

Professional nurses educate, counsel, and provide hands-on care. Nurses work with individuals in all stages of life and health. Modern nurses use highly technical equipment while keeping the holistic needs of the patient in focus. A recent Gallup poll supports the longstanding public sentiment that nurses are the most respected professionals nationwide.

The Benefits of a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing

Many people might ask the question, “Why should I spend four years to become a nurse when I could do it in two?” While it is possible to become a registered nurse with an associate’s degree in two years, there are many advantages to getting that baccalaureate degree in nursing. The B.S. degree is the gateway to graduate study, allowing a nurse to become a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified registered nurse anesthetist, or a nurse educator. In addition, nurses who hold bachelor’s degrees have higher job satisfaction, credibility within the healthcare team, and a greater potential for leadership and upward mobility during their nursing career. Studies have shown that hospitals that employ a greater percentage of baccalaureate prepared nurses have improved patient safety, enhanced quality outcomes, and reduced the cost of healthcare.

Currently there is a major nursing shortage. High demand and nursing shortages mean more jobs, higher pay, and greater job security. This is an excellent time to pursue a career in nursing!

Visit the Johnson and Johnson website for more information about the rewards of a career in nursing.


Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about nursing at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Noreen M. Houck, Ph.Dc., M.S., RN, CNE, Chairperson
Department of Nursing and Nutrition
Office: Hawkins Hall 209B
Phone: (518) 564-3124
Fax: (518) 564-3100
Email: nursingdept@plattsburgh.edu

SUNY Plattsburgh
Department of Nursing and Nutrition
Hawkins Hall
Plattsburgh, NY 12901