Career possibilities

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Find a dynamic career in nursing that has a meaningful impact. Our graduates work in various settings, including hospitals, clinics, schools or outreach agencies.

What can you do with a degree in nursing?

Nursing is a dynamic and exciting career and there is work for nurses everywhere. You could work in the community, in specialized clinics or hospitals, or with outreach and public health agencies; you could even do travel nursing or teach at a nursing school.

Some career options for nursing graduates

  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Clinical research coordinator
  • Community/public health nursing
  • Critical care nursing
  • Emergency nursing
  • Geriatric nursing
  • Health care administration/
    management
  • Home support supervisor
  • Mental health/psychiatric nursing
  • Nurse educator
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Palliative nursing
  • Perinatal nursing
  • Policy/health analyst
  • Surgical nursing

Additional education and training may be required.

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Meet our alumni

Angela Wignall

Perinatal Nurse, Public Health Nurse & Nurse Researcher
Vancouver Island Health Authority

Angela currently works as both a perinatal nurse and a public health nurse with Island Health. She also continues to pursue research opportunities with current projects focusing on actionable strategies for reducing horizontal violence in nursing and teaching to enable an emancipatory nurse identity in undergraduate nurse education. Read more

BSN with distinction - 2016

Melissa Nuttall

Registered Nurse

Melissa is a registered nurse with a strong desire to create meaningful change and sustainability in the healthcare system, both locally and internationally. This drive for change is strongly influenced by her years working in the emergency room, where she was able to identify multiple issues which required innovation and creativity to deliver excellent care. She has also served a two-year term on the board of directors for the Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia. Melissa is dedicated to reducing inefficiencies in healthcare, using her perspective as a direct care provider, to ensure that people, families and communities have the services that they need.

BSN - 2013

Rosanne Beuthin

Care Coordinator Medical Assistance in Dying & Nurse Researcher
Vancouver Island Health Authority

Rosanne is currently involved in research projects about the experience of living with advanced illness and nurses' experience with assisted dying. In the Care Coordinator role for assisted dying, she focuses on ensuring access and promoting understanding about this new end of life care option in Canada. Rosanne is passionate about kindness and compassion in nursing, health care, and in life. Her PhD honed her skills as a narrative researcher where she has focused on persons aging with HIV, with an emphasis on metaphor and language, spirituality, and death and dying.

PhD - Nursing (2014)

Kara Schick-Makaroff

Researcher and Assistant Professor
Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta

Kara’s research focus is on enhancement of quality of life for people living with chronic and life-threatening illnesses, particularly chronic kidney disease. A major component of her research involves the use of electronic patient-reported outcomes (ePROs) with dialysis patients, and how these reports can be fully used in their multidisciplinary care. Her overarching goal is to learn how to best support clinicians and administrators in using ePRO information to enhance quality of life, enrich person-centred care, and improve services for people living with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Read more

PhD - Nursing (2011)

Wanda Martin

Assistant Professor
College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan

Wanda teaches community health nursing to undergraduate students and research to graduate nursing students. The focus of her nursing research is on food systems, specifically urban agriculture as a means for creating sustainable livelihoods. Wanda is concerned with the effects of climate change and works on the ecological and social determinants of health. She is also engaged in structural and governance issues in public health, as the President of the Saskatchewan Public Health Association (2015-2018) and Vice President of the Canadian Association for Food Studies (2016-2018), and is planning research in public health systems and services. Read more

PhD - Nursing (2014)