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What can you do with a nursing degree?

Once you have obtained a bachelor's degree in nursing or an associate's degree in nursing at the minimum, as well as the necessary licences, you will be able to start your career as a nurse.

Nurses are responsible for maintaining quality health care for everyone, while also upholding their code of ethics, standards and competencies. Nursing requires the use of a combination of concentrations, including nursing theory, social science, physical science and technology. To work with nursing, one must take into account the psychological, intellectual, social, emotional and physical needs of patients. Nurses need excellent communication skills, as they discuss sensitive matters with patients and their relatives on a daily basis.

A nurse works with preventive care and giving patients and others health information and advice. Nursing may include administrative work, such as writing patient records, updating journals and keeping in contact with other authorities.

How long does it take to become a nurse?

The length of time it takes to get a nursing degree could vary by country and program. Students are typically required to have a minimum of an associate's degree in nursing or a bachelor’s degree in nursing in order to become a registered nurse. It usually takes two years of full time study to complete an associate's degree in nursing. Meanwhile, it could take three or four years of full time study to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing.

Nursing degrees vary by country but in most places they are given at college and university levels. Degrees in nursing focus on extensive study of nursing theory as well as developing practical clinical skills.

To practice nursing, students must earn credentials as either a Licensed Practice nurse or a Registered nurse. Each type of credential determines a different entitlement for practicing, depending on the country.

After nursing registration, there are many choices for further studies. A master's degree in nursing is required to specialize in a number of nursing fields such as midwifery, x-ray or oncology nursing.

Studying nursing abroad

Studying nursing abroad is very possible. As with most health professions however, the registration gained in one country does not lead to automatic eligibility to continue working as a nurse in another country. A nursing degree however, is generally relatively transferrable, and registration may simply require an examination in the country to work. In other cases, it may be necessary to complete a nursing qualification with a few extra courses before being eligible for registration. It is worth checking the exact regulations for the country you are interested in working in after graduation.

A nurse smiles with a baby and its mother

Careers in nursing

There is a wide range of career prospects open within the field of nursing all over the world. In many areas there is a growing need for new nurses, as technology opens up for new positions at the same time as a large number are retiring from working life. In the United States alone, there is expected to be over one million open nursing positions. As a registered nurse, there are many options in a number of fields - in a hospital setting, with emergency care, home care or in a private practice. Nurses can also work as researchers in universities, laboratories or research institutes. Many nurses are also engaged in specialty fields such as surgery, oncology, pediatric or psychiatric nursing to name but a few.

Here are some statistics about registered nursing jobs in the U.S. according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Typical entry-level education

Bachelor's degree

Number of jobs


Job outlook, 2019 - 2029

7% growth (faster than average)

Median annual registered nurses salary

USD $73,300

So, do you think you have what it takes? Browse degrees in nursing from universities around the world to find the option that best suits you and your future career goals.