What is Nursing? Related Career Titles
Related Major Skills Job & Internship Search Links
Career Planning Links Professional Association Links
Miscellaneous Resources UNCW School of Nursing

What is Nursing?

Nursing is a discipline focused on assisting individuals, families and communities in attaining, re-attaining and maintaining optimal health and functioning. Modern definitions of nursing define it as a science and an art that focuses on quality of life as defined by persons and families. Nursing is not only concerned about health and functioning but with quality of living and dying, lived experience, and universal lived experiences of health.

Nursing is an applied science which has a unique body of knowledge that utilizes principles from the physical, biological, and behavioral sciences. The central concern of nursing is the holistic person. The focus of nursing is health promotion, maintenance, curative, restorative, supportive and terminal care to individuals and groups of all ages, taking into consideration the factors that influence them in the total environment

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Related Career Titles

Acute Care  Community Health  Mental Health 
Admin. of Educational Programs  Community/Mental Health  Mental Health Ethnic Specialist 
Admin. of Nursing Services  Correctional Health  Midwife 
Adolescent Nurse Specialist Critical Care  Neonatal
Adult Health Care  Delivery of Services- Staff Development Neurological 
Ambulatory Care  Developmental Disabilities Nursing Health Policy 
Ambulatory Child Health  Diabetes Nursing Occupational Health 
Family Nursing  Oncology  School Health 
Anesthesia  Gerontology  Pediatric 
Cardiovascular  Maternity Nursing Physiological Nursing 
College/University faculty Pulmonary  Spinal Cord Injury Nurse
Psychiatric  Rehabilitation  Transcultural Nursing 
Psychosocial Nursing  Respiratory  Trauma
Public Health Emergency Surgical Nurse Nurse Researcher
Staff Development/Educator Hospital Administrator Medical-Surgical
Primary Ambulatory Care    

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Related Major Skills

Active Listening

Critical Thinking

Able to Instruct Others

Time Management

Social Perceptiveness




Attention to Detail

Concern for Others



Stress Tolerance


Oral/Written Expression and Comprehension

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Job & Internship Search Links

SeaWork (be sure to check out these links also in SeaWork: CareerShift,,, and GoinGlobal)

Job Search Resources

Oys’s Nursing Recruiters

Dmoz’s Recruiters

Aya Healthcare


Allied Health Careers


National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses

National Student Nurses' Association



National Institute of Health ; For internships

Mission Health (Asheville, NC)

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Health Care Jobs Online




Hot Nurse Jobs



Medical Jobs/Healthcare Jobs

Medical Staffing Network

Medical Workers

Nurse Recruiter



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Nursing Careers Allied Health





Public Health Info

R.N. Wanted


U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services

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Career Planning Links

Candid Career Videos

Occupational Outlook Handbook

O*NET OnLine

NC Tower

Spotlight on Careers:

Nurse Zone

Continuing Education Requirements by State


Nurse Without Borders

Nursing Explorer

Practical Nursing: LPN/LVN

Career Profiles - Nursing

Nursing School 411 - Become a Nurse

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Professional Association Links

National Student Nurses' Association

Associations, State Boards, and Miscellaneous

American Nurses Association

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Honor Society for Nursing

NC Nursing Association of Nursing Students

NC Board of Nursing

NC Hospital Association

NC Nursing Association

National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses

Nursing Facility Evaluation Checklist

National League for Nursing

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