The Associate Degree in Nursing (ASN) program, passing the NCLEX exam (Macomb Community College has a pass rate over 90%), and obtaining your nursing state license(s), will provide you with a variety of career opportunities in the profession of nursing. Remember, the nursing program is exciting and challenging. As nurses, we are responsible (with a team of healthcare providers) for providing safe and quality healthcare in more settings than you may even imagine (see link to website below under career opportunities in nursing). Focus on your studies, listen to your faculty’s nursing stories to learn valuable lessons, practice and practice your critical thinking, caring, and hands-on skills as you develop from a novice to one day an expert nurse.
More opportunities will open in the profession of nursing as you return for your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. And, if you have an interest in returning for your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) there are programs that lead from a BSN to an MSN, and even towards a doctorate. You may also have an interest to mix different degrees and certifications such as business, marketing, nursing specialties, and other professions that can add to your skills as a professional RN nurse. Additionally, as you apply for jobs as a nurse, the employer may offer tuition reimbursement or other programs for you to return to nursing school for your BSN and other degrees.
Another exciting aspect of nursing is, new career/specialties can develop. As a result, do not limit yourself to the present list of nursing jobs/titles. For example, nursing includes specialties such as information technology or telemedicine that exist now but did not always exist in the nursing profession.
All the best and enjoy your studies and future nursing career.
Macomb Community College (2021):
Career Opportunities in Nursing:
Johnson and Johnson Nursing Specialties (2021)
American Nurses Association – Nursing Students (2021):
Michigan Board of Nursing (2021)