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What Can I Do With a Nursing Degree?

Nursing is the largest healthcare field. Three out of five nurses work in hospitals, but a wide variety of organizations also employ nurses. Many nursing positions have flexible schedules and allow for part-time work.

Nursing combines science and technology with the desire to help people. One must enjoy helping people of all types and backgrounds. Nursing requires both physical stamina and emotional stability. Nurses must be able to follow orders and direct others.

Entering a field of advanced practice nursing, for example a clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, or nursing administration, requires earning a master's degree. Teaching or conducting research may even require a doctoral degree.

For more information about nursing as a career, visit the following links:

All states regulate nursing by requiring licensure, and requirements for licensure vary by state.

The following states and territories are not currently in the NLC compact. Their status and a link to the state or territory's licensure information is available under its name:

  • Alaska
    • No determination made
  • American Samoa
    • No determination made
  • California
    • No determination made
  • Connecticut
    • No determination made
  • District of Columbia
    • No determination made
  • Guam
    • Nurses holding a multistate license in their home state may now utilize that license to practice in Guam.
    • Nurses residing in Guam will not be able to apply for a multistate license until 2022.
  • Hawaii
    • No determination made
  • Illinois
  • Massachusetts
    • No determination made
  • Michigan
    • No determination made
  • Minnesota
    • No determination made
  • Nevada
    • No determination made
  • New Jersey
    • Nurses residing in New Jersey will not be able to apply for a multistate license until the 2nd half of 2021; date TBD.
    • Nurses holding a multistate license in their home state may now utilize that license to practice in New Jersey. 
  • New York
    • No determination made
  • Northern Mariana Islands
    • No determination made
  • Ohio
    • No determination made
  • Oregon
    • No determination made
  • Pennsylvania
    • No determination made
  • Rhode Island
    • No determination made
  • Vermont
    • No determination made
  • Virgin Islands
    • No determination made
  • Washington
    • No determination made

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