Nurses assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records.  They administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients and may advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management.  Licensing or registration is required. Includes advance practice nurses such as: nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists.  Advanced practice nursing is practiced by RNs who have specialized formal, post-basic education and who function in highly autonomous and specialized roles.  LPN’s, nursing assistants or home health aides perform related duties depending on their work situations.

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How to begin your career path at Jefferson:

Jefferson Community College can help link you to a career in nursing through its Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing.  This is highly competitive program and its curriculum includes courses in adult medical/surgical nursing, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatric nursing, professional nursing practice and pharmacology.  Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the licensing exam leading to practice in NYS as a registered nurse.  Jefferson offers both a traditional weekday program and a Weekend Scholar Program.  Please refer to the JCC Nursing web page for further details on this and on pre-requisites that need to be completed before applying to the program.  A supplemental application is also required for admission.  Students who have not completed the required prerequisites for the nursing program will be enrolled in the Math Science-Allied Health Concentration.  Transfer opportunities into Bachelor’s degree programs are available at SUNY Institute of Technology, SUNY Canton, Le Moyne College, Franklin University, SUNY Upstate Medical University and SUNY Empire State College.  Students should work closely with their faculty advisor and transfer/career counselors when considering transfer options.  

Other pathways may take a student to a career as an LPN, home health care aide, nursing assistant, etc.  The education for qualification for licensing may involve college course work or vocational/technical school training.  Some hospitals or medical centers also offer training programs in nursing.

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