What are the best electives to take for a nursing major?
Due to the fact that my schedule is very tight and I only get to take a few electives, I was wondering what electives are best for my major. Is there any that would help me to build relationships with my patients, help me further my nursing skills, or be good extra knowledge to have as a nurse?
Welcome to the family. My suggestion would be to look at classes that will prepare you for a variety of situations outside of the required pre- reqs.
1) Consider a relevant foreign language. I took Spanish. I lived in California and I’m in Texas now. I’m not fluent by any means but it helps.
2) Consider some kind of statistics course. Helps with data interpretation and will be a benefit if you start looking at grad school. Makes the research papers you will write in nursing school easier
3) A basic computer course including topics like PowerPoint, Excel, Word etc ( or other similar products). You will need them in nursing school
4) A class for YOU to make YOU happy. Nursing is a tough career. Even with a tight schedule, take something that YOU enjoy. You can’t care for others if you don’t take care of yourself. Art? Music? Dance?
Cathleen Shannon MSN, CPNP
Hi Kelli! Congrats on choosing nursing! I will presume that your program is a BSN or ADN program that requires you to take a basic Psychology Course so let's talk about electives. If it is available, Abnormal Psychology is hugely helpful to understand people's behaviors. Ethics is also a good one as it trains you to be a critical thinker (hugely important in nursing). Don't be afraid to choose an elective that is not nursing related but something that you are curious about or love. At best, nursing school is a grind-you need a class you can look forward to taking that is outside of that realm to keep your balance. Wishing you all the best!
Typically you have certain electives you must take according to the nsg program you want to attend. If by chance you finish all required "electives" then it's a matter of choice. Either you can take something that will benefit you in your nsg career or you can simply take a brk so to speak and take something that may allow a better life/school/work balance. I wish I could definitely tell you specific ones to take but it all depends on the school and what they offer. Hope this helps. Good luck to you.
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Thanks for looking into nursing profession. A wonderful profession with most versatility. Other than pre reqs , I would say some communication classes, inter personal relationship, customer service, business, and IT basics would be some will give an upper hand when you start the profession. It can be a very high stressful job , knowing you as a person will help you react to the fire coming at you. This job require a great deal of organizational and critical thinking skills and quick response to situations. It would help to have some humor in your pocket to alleviate some of the anxiety.
Seem like you are already in the right path by inquiring this, take your time to learn and be patient with yourself.
Good Luck in your journey. Please reach out if you have any more questions.