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Dean Frantz Discusses Nursing Career Opportunities

Rita Frantz

University of Iowa College of Nursing Dean Rita Frantz recently discussed nursing career opportunities in an interview with HigherEdJobs.

“Many people know that an aging population means careers in nursing are booming. What's less well known is that an increase in nursing careers means an increase in the need to educate nurses. In this month's interview, we talked with Rita Frantz, dean of the University of Iowa's College of Nursing about the current state of nursing education and its future.

Andrew Hibel, HigherEdJobs: Dean Frantz, in your welcome message on the University of Iowa's nursing school website you state, "For more than a century, College of Nursing graduates have achieved distinguished careers as scholars, educators, practitioners, and nurse executives." Can you explain more about the different opportunities that exist for nursing school graduates within higher education?

Dean Rita A. Frantz, College of Nursing University of Iowa: Graduates of basic Bachelor of Science in nursing programs may practice as beginning clinicians in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and ambulatory clinics. They may also chose to practice in community-based settings such as public health agencies, hospice organizations, schools, or in private industry to name just a few of the many options. Nurses who pursue graduate degrees (Master's or Doctorate of Nursing Practice) can be employed as nurse practitioners in clinics, hospitals, long- term care settings or clinics, or as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists or nurse midwives. Those who pursue graduate preparation as nurse administrators can pursue nurse executive positions in hospitals and health care organizations, in private industry and government agencies. Those with graduate degrees (Master's, D.N.P or Ph.D.) may also pursue careers as nurse educators in community colleges, four-year colleges/universities or as nurse educators in hospitals.”

›› Click here to read the full interview by HigherEdJobs

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Posted On: 
Feb 17th, 2015