UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG

Careers in Nursing

Would a Career as a Nurse suit you?

It almost goes without saying that a nurse in all areas is to have good people skills and the passion to want to help others. Nurses need to gain trust of the patients which they care for. The ability to work in a team and to take instruction while being able to think on your own initiative is essential.

Why a Wits Nursing Degree?

Wits nurses study in a rigorous, vibrant multidisciplinary environment that stimulates intellectual inquiry and professional responsiveness. Small group learning is the main teaching / learning strategy- students engage in cooperative learning to systematically work through carefully constructed real-life health scenarios, deciding what learning is needed to access information, discerning, which information produces the best evidence into the management of health issues. As a consequence a Wits nurse learns to ask critical questions in health nursing practice, knows how to think through important health issues to put forward and choose appropriate solutions and can follow through with competent action and relevant communication. A Wits nurse is not only a team player but knows how to lead a team and to be of influence in matters of self decision making and policy. In all of this a Wits nurse understands team dynamics, the diversity of views of team members and knows how to facilitate a unified caring approach for the good of the patient and community.

Career Options in Nursing 

Nurses practice in a range of contexts and health care settings some of these include:

  • Hospitals
  • Community clinics
  • Industry
  • The Military-Private Practice
  • Homes in specialized areas such as Hospice
  • Rehabilitation and Aged care facilities.

On completion of the basic degree a registered nurse may choose a career as a general nurse, midwife, psychiatric nurse or community health nurse. Through further study a nurse can become a specialist in intensive care, trauma and emergency care, child nursing, neonatal nursing, oncology and nephrology, operating theatre and many more. A career in academia (universities and colleges) as a lecturer and researcher, and in policy and health service management offer non-clinical employment opportunities for nurses. Each of these career options requires further study.

Further Education 

Opportunities for further studies are available at Advanced Diploma, Masters and Doctoral Levels. Advanced Midwifery, Advanced Psychiatric Nursing Science; Community Health Nursing Science; Intensive Care Nursing Science; Trauma Nursing Science; Child Nursing Science and Nursing Education.

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