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University of Rhode Island — Nursing

The Field
What is Nursing?

The baccalaureate program in nursing at URI is designed to prepare women and men to become professional registered nurses. Nursing is a creative profession that provides for the promotion of health, prevention of illness, and care of patients. According to the American Nurses Association, what sets nursing apart from other health care professions is the "nursing focus, in theory and practice, on the responses of the individual and the family to actual or potential health problems. In what some describe as a blend of physiology and psychology, nurses build on their understanding of the disease and illness process to promote the restoration and maintenance of health in their clients."

Our curriculum integrates the humanities and the physical and social sciences with nursing courses. Students begin nursing courses during their freshman year with our first nursing course: NUR 103, Professional Practice in Health and Illness. The clinical courses include experiences in numerous hospitals, community health agencies, nursing homes, schools, rehabilitation and ambulatory services throughout the state.

Upon graduation the student is eligible to take the State Licensing Board Examination (NCLEX-RN) and obtain an entry level position in medical surgical, geriatric, maternity, pediatric, psychiatric-mental health, or community health nursing. The URI curriculum provides students with the opportunity to work with expert nursing faculty and to explore the health needs of diverse populations.

Important Topics and Issues

Nurses have a wide range of career choices. It is a people oriented profession that is challenging and ever changing with no two work days exactly the same. Nursing is a creative profession that provides for promotion of health, prevention of illness, and safe and effective care to a variety of clients. Nurses find themselves involved with cutting edge medical technology. Their jobs require them to have strong communication skills and to be able to collaborate with other health care disciplines on a daily basis.

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