Career Options

A Nurse can make a difference in peoples' lives every day. As nurses we have the privilege of being able to help others every single day and the satisfaction this brings can be its own reward. A career in nursing brings together scientific knowledge with technical skills, caring, and compassion. Nursing offers a rewarding combination of high tech and high touch.
Nursing is the largest health care profession in the United States, with 3.1 million Registered Nurses (RNs), and many more are currently needed. Nurses are the largest single part of any hospital staff. They are the primary providers of hospital patient care and deliver most of the care in nursing homes and home health.

Utah Valley University Nursing Graduates work in a wide variety of settings including:

  • Hospitals, including: Medical/surgical, obstetrics, nurseries, pediatrics, intensive care, coronary care, operating room, recovery room, oncology, emergency, trauma, psychiatric/mental health
  • Long-term care centers (rehabilitation, nursing homes, hospice)
  • Community health clinics
  • Freestanding outpatient and surgery centers
  • Home health care
  • School nursing
  • Nursing Education, including: Colleges and universities, patient education, staff development, on-site clinical coordination
  • Business Health Centers, including: Occupational safety, consultation, education
  • Military
  • Humanitary

Employment Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Edition, Registered Nurses,
on the Internet at the job outlook for employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur primarily because of technological advancements; an increased emphasis on preventative care; and the large, aging baby-boomer population who will demand more healthcare services as they live longer and more active lives. The mean salary for nurses in Utah is $61,000.

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