Our program develops professional nurses who are liberally educated, ethically grounded and clinically competent health care providers. We offer two plans of study: a pre-licensure track for high school graduates and second-degree students, and a degree completion track for students who are already registered nurses.
Through a mixture of classroom and experiential learning, our challenging curriculum emphasizes patient-centered care, introducing students to the essential knowledge and values needed to think critically, communicate effectively and assess and intervene therapeutically as professional nurses.
During their clinical placements in hospitals and health care facilities, our students acquire the skills necessary to address the complex needs of individuals, families, groups, communities and populations, while also identifying and respecting patients’ differences, values, preferences and expressed needs.
Our graduates are well prepared to continue their development as health care providers and members of the global health partnership, crafting the role of the nurse in the future. Students who receive a degree in nursing are prepared to take the NCLEX-RN examination to obtain the license necessary to enter practice as a registered nurse.
The B.S. in nursing at Salve Regina is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Life After Salve
Graduates can practice in a wide array of fields, including ambulatory care, cardiology, critical care, dermatology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology/obstetrics, hematology, HIV/AIDS, holistic care, home health care, hospice/palliative care, infection control, labor and delivery, long-term care, managed care, medical-surgical, mental health, neonatal intensive care, nephrology, neuroscience, occupational health, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, ostomy care, pediatrics, perinatal care, plastic surgery, psychiatrics, public health, pulmonary care, radiology, rehabilitation, reproductive health, rheumatology, substance abuse, telemetry, toxicology, trauma, triage, urology and wound care.
In addition, graduates can work in camps, community health, complementary health, correctional facilities, disaster response, domestic violence intervention, emergency departments, faith communities, family practices, forensics, informatics, the military, operating rooms, quality improvement, refugee camps, research, rural health, schools and substance abuse intervention.
Graduates can explore careers as case managers, clinical nurse leaders, genetics counselors, health policy lobbyists, lactation consultants, legal nurse consultants, nurse ethicists, nurse legislators, nurse authors or historians, patient educators, poison information specialists, psychiatric/mental health practitioners or staff educators.
Graduates who earn a master’s degree in nursing or doctorate in nursing or nursing practice can pursue the following careers:
- Advanced practice nurse: Graduates can work as a nurse practitioner for a special population in ambulatory care, such as pediatrics, family, adult or gerontology, or work in a hospital as a neonatal nurse or acute care nurse practitioner or hospitalist. They are nurse midwives, certified nurse anesthetist or clinical nurse specialist.
- First assist surgical nurse: First assist surgical nurses are the second set of hands and work with surgeons in the operating room.
- Administrator: Graduates can become administrators or CEOs of health care facilities such as hospitals, clinics, home care facilities, rehabilitation facilities or nursing homes.
- Nurse educator/researcher: Graduates can teach college students desiring to be the next generation of nurses or develop a program of research directly related to the care provided by professional nurses.