Spotlight: Nursing Department

nursing-departmentThe Medgar Evers College (MEC) Nursing Department is housed in the School of Science, Health and Technology. The MEC Nursing Department offers three programs: the Certificate in Practical Nursing (CPN), the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Nursing, and the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. The programs offered by the MEC Nursing Department are evaluated by New York State and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Both the Associate and Baccalaureate degree programs maintain accreditation status and the CPN remains in excellent standing with the New York State Education Department.

The Nursing Department’s mission is to promote success in a nursing career by providing leading-edge nursing courses to ensure that graduates know success, employ their skills and help enrich their community, nation and the world.

MEC Department of Nursing programs are congruent with the College’s mission through the provision of degree programs with clear articulation between them. The College has a commitment to students who desire self-improvement, a sound education, an opportunity to develop a personal value system and an opportunity to gain maximum benefits from life experience and from their environment. The nursing program at MEC promotes this mission by being committed to excellence in nursing education and ensuring that graduates have the skills to enrich their communities.

Did you know?

Harriet Tubman (1820 – 1913) was a Nurse? We know of Harriet Tubman’s work in the Underground Railroad, but few of us know that she was also a nurse. Aside from nursing the wounded northern army soldiers, she became well known for curing intestinal disorders by using native herbs. She also created a nursing home called The Harriet Tubman Home of the Aged. She built the nursing home solely for the sake of helping others- particularly the aged and the poor. She ironically enough died in this nursing home from an extreme case of pneumonia.

Tubman evidently cared about the health of individuals by creating this nursing home and because of this she once again helped prolong the lives of many people. Tubman saved the lives of many people during the Civil war, which may help inspire health care professions to be as brave and courageous as Tubman. Her goal was to save the lives of the slaves and as nurses this is what we expect to accomplish on a daily basis. She is an inspiring individual and by creating the nursing home she created new ideas of health care and its accessibility.


Professional Opportunities for Nurses

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nursing is among the top 10 occupations with the largest job growth.

Nurses promote health, prevent disease and help patients cope with illness. They have a unique scope of practice and can practice independently, although they also collaborate with all members of the health care team to provide the care needed by each patient as an individual. Nurses are hands-on health professionals who provide focused and highly personalized care. The field has a wide range of career opportunities, ranging from entry-level practitioner to doctoral-level researcher.

Nurses also serve as advocates for patients, families and communities. They develop and manage nursing care plans, instruct patients and their families in proper care and help individuals and groups take steps to improve or maintain their health.

Although an entry-level nurse can find a job with a three-year RN degree, there is a growing national movement to require all nurses to hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. An increasing number of nursing schools are offering accelerated Bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. There also are a growing number of RN-to-Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and MSN-to-doctoral programs, designed to meet the increasing demand for more highly skilled nurses in the workforce.

Once you are a professional nurse, you might choose to focus on a particular specialty.  There are numerous specialty options — each of which has its own education/certification requirements and related professional network or organization. Visit: for more information.

*Source: Explore Health

Where can Nurses find work? Everywhere!!!

  • Ambulatory care centers
  • Armed services
  • Birth centers
  • Business and industry
  • Call centers
  • Centers for nursing research
  • Church-related mission services
  • Clinics and medical centers
  • Colleges and universities
  • Community education programs
  • Correctional facilities
  • Daycare centers
  • Diabetes care clinics
  • Dialysis centers
  • K-12 educational institutions
  • Embassies
  • Health maintenance
  • organizations
  • Healthcare advertising agencies
  • Healthcare staffing agencies
  • Healthcare websites
  • Home healthcare agencies
  • Hospices
  • Hospitals
  • Humanitarian organizations
  • Indian Health Service
  • Insurance companies
  • Large corporations
  • Law firms
  • Medical and health publications
  • Medical centers
  • Medical equipment and supplies
  • manufacturers
  • Medical marketing firms
  • Mental health facilities
  • Military bases
  • National Institute for Nursing
  • National or international
  • government agencies
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Nurse-run clinics
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Outpatient surgery centers
  • Peace Corps
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Physicians’ offices and medical
  • groups
  • Private households
  • Private voluntary organizations
  • Professional associations
  • Psychiatric hospitals and mental
  • health agencies
  • Public Health Service
  • Public relations firms
  • Red Cross
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Religious organizations
  • Schools of nursing
  • Senior centers
  • Social service agencies
  • State and local health
  • departments
  • Summer camps
  • Teaching hospitals
  • Travel companies
  • Veterans Affairs
  • Wellness centers
  • World Health Organization


Check out MEC’s Department of Nursing. You just might find your calling!