Is Nursing for Me?

1) How can I learn more about nursing?

The first step in determining if nursing is for you is to educate yourself about nursing job tasks and responsibilities. We recommend that you review these websites to learn more about the nursing profession:

  • The Center to Champion Nursing in America is an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The center, a consumer-driven, national force for change, works to increase the nation's capacity to educate and retain nurses who are prepared and empowered to positively impact healthcare access, quality, and costs.
  • At Discover Nursing you will find everything you need to start or continue your nursing career, including information on nursing programs, scholarships, and schools.
  • At the National Student Nurses Association site you will find information for students preparing for initial licensure as registered nurses along with many other resources, including foundations, scholarships, and career opportunities.
  • For a starting source to learn about nursing careers, future growth trends, and pay scales for different types of nurses, review the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
  • The American Association of Colleges of Nursing also has valuable information and links to resources you can explore.


2) What are the different nursing specialties?

  • You don’t have to choose a specialty – general trained registered nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree are in high demand. 

3) I think I want to become a nurse – how can I get started at UMass Boston?

If you decide that nursing is for you and want to determine if UMass Boston can help you reach your educational goals – come and visit us! We suggest that you attend an information session or open house to learn more about our programs. You will also have a chance to talk with people who can answer your questions.

  • Undergraduate Information Sessions are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. Call 617.287.6000 to find out the dates and to reserve a space.
  • Graduate Information Sessions are hosted by CNHS on the third Wednesday of each month. Call 617.287.7500 for details and to reserve a spot. If you cannot attend on a Wednesday, email the master's program director or PhD Program Director to discuss your situation.