Division of Nursing
The Division of Nursing at Northwest offers an associate degree program that provides a foundation in general education and nursing.
Click here for course listings and details (Major 605).
Graduates of the program are eligible to write the National Council for Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. Graduates are prepared to provide nursing services in beginning staff-level positions and have potential for advancement on an individual basis. Upon acceptance, each student will be assigned a faculty adviser to help in making program of study and career decisions.
What can I expect from a career in Nursing?
Registered nurses (RNs), regardless of specialty or work setting, treat patients, educate patients and the public about various medical conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients' family members. RNs record patients' medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, operate medical machinery, administer treatment and medications, and help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation.
RNs teach patients and their families how to manage their illnesses or injuries, explaining post-treatment home care needs; diet, nutrition, and exercise programs; and self-administration of medication and physical therapy. Some RNs may work to promote general health by educating the public on warning signs and symptoms of disease. RNs also might run general health screening or immunization clinics, blood drives, and public seminars on various conditions.
When caring for patients, RNs establish a care plan or contribute to an existing plan. Plans may include numerous activities, such as administering medication, including careful checking of dosages and avoiding interactions; starting, maintaining, and discontinuing intravenous (IV) lines for fluid, medication, blood, and blood products; administering therapies and treatments; observing the patient and recording those observations; and consulting with physicians and other healthcare clinicians. Some RNs provide direction to licensed practical nurses and nursing aides regarding patient care.
How much can I earn?
Median annual wages of registered nurses were $62,450 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $51,640 and $76,570. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $43,410, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $92,240.
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition
Bureau of Labor Statistics