Nursing Career Guide

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Past Clinical Sites:

  • Spectrum Health
  • Metro Health
  • St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Mary Free Bed Hospital

Where Alumni Have Landed

  • Nursing Supervisor - Mercy Health
  • Child Health Supervisor - Ottawa County Health Department
  • Nurse Educator - Spectrum Health
  • Emergency Room Nurse - Sparrow Room Nurse
  • Clinical Team Manager - naviHealth
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs*
  • Pediatric Clinical Care Nurse - Spectrum Health
  • Charge Nurse - Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
  • Director of Clinical Services - St. Ann’s
  • Nursing Clinical Coordinator of Radiology - Metro Health
  • Clinical Nursing Faculty - Michigan State University
  • Registered Nurse - Beaumont Hospital
  • Director of Operations - Spectrum Health Cancer Services
  • Quality Management Coordinator - Metro Health
  • Pediatric Flight Nurse - Baylor Scott and White Health
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist-Burn/Trauma - Spectrum Health
  • *An additional degree may be required.


Mariah West '16 Spotlight

Mariah West '16

One of my favorite memories from GVSU is being accepted into the highly competitive nursing program.

Melissa Vanderwiel '01 Spotlight

Melissa Vanderwiel '01

My favorite memories are the Kistler 3K ('95/'96), Friends & Euchre nights, ABX Sorority, and getting lavaliered by Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity.

Heath Biller '11 Spotlight

Heath Biller '11

I don't believe in superstitions, I would walk under the blue transformational link backwards.

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Student Organizations to Consider

  • Pre-Nursing Association
  • Kirkhof College of Nursing Graduate Student Organization

Study Abroad Programs

All Nursing majors eligible to enroll in NUR 416/417 can fulfill the community health portion of the 6-credit clinical nursing IV course (NUR 417) in the winter semester experience in an international setting in community health centers in and around Cape Coast, Ghana.

Develop some of these technical and professional competencies to be successful:

  • Patient Care
  • Clinical Assessment
  • Empathy
  • Health Advocacy
  • Medical Terminology
  • Research
  • Time Management
  • Manual Labor
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Emergency Management
  • Accuracy
  • Health Promotion

Graduate & Professional Programs

Students with a nursing degree may continue on to a graduate program.  Here are some examples of programs students have pursued:

  • Doctorate of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Health Administration
  • Public Health

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Page last modified December 12, 2022