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What is a Nurse?

A nurse combines science and technology with people skills like communication, problem solving, teaching, and compassion. Nurses touch people’s lives at a time when they need help. Nursing is one of the most respected professions in the United States.

Nurses are the backbone of our healthcare system. Caring for the sick is only one aspect of what a nurse does. Today’s registered nurses (RNs) work to:

  • promote health
  • prevent disease
  • help patients and their families cope with illness, emergencies and long-term disease
  • save lives
  • make healthier communities

Nurses have the opportunity to do "good" in the world everyday. Many exciting and rewarding opportunities exist in nursing.