Best Minors for Nursing

  1. Which minors do you recommend the most for a nursing major?

    I'm thinking biology, sociology, social work, public administration, political science.. what else..?

    Do you have a minor and has it helped you?

    Any input is appreciated.
  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   Pumpkin1621
    College is an opportunity to take classes you will enjoy. You could minor in leprechaun studies if you were interested in that sort of thing. I have taken a lot of classics and art history classes, because that is what I enjoy.

    Of all the minors I can think of, these are the ones that can directly relate to nursing:
    • Spanish
    • Psychology
    • Management/Business Admin
    • Philosophy (ie. Ethics, Logic, etc)
    • My school has a Gerontology Minor
    • American Sign Language
    • Chemistry/Physics/Biochem/Biology
    • Anthropology
    • Social Work
  4. by   Mission
    Computer science
  5. by   damdee
    I would suggest Biology and Spanish
  6. by   Flare
    I didn't have a minor as much as a focus in public health. A minor can be valuable especially if it's relevant to what you want to do. Perhaps you work in an area with a lop of people who speak a certain language - minor in that. Perhaps you want to work in research - then a science minor would be good.
  7. by   wooh
  8. by   caliotter3
    My minor was in health science. The classes directly related to the BSN classes I was taking, and my long term goal was a Masters in Public Health. I intended to use this background for teaching.
  9. by   kanzi monkey
    I have a BA in anthropology--now that I'm a nurse, I feel I'm finally getting to use my undergrad degree. Nursing is inherently interdisciplinary--I think almost anything you choose will be helpful, just as long as it's something that interests you.

    Having a second (or third!) language is also an excellent idea. I am very humbled when I see my classmates and other nurses using their language skills--I don't think anything can put a patient at greater emotional ease than having a nurse they can communicate with!
  10. by   abooker
    My background in English helped me. I can't yet do a dressing change without taping myself to the patient, but I'm told my charting and incident reports are awesome!
  11. by   elkton
    I'm a LPN 3 years in home health and LTC. I'm interested in occupational health and school nursing. A few questions for the more experienced nurses....For what I'm interested in , would you recommend EMT certification, if you know of any EMT program that you can purchase text and test out? Is there a better option that you know of? Thanks in advance. Elkton, Virginia
  12. by   caliotter3

    For occupational health and school nursing you should get a BSN. My BSN program had a clinical placement for school nursing and the public health nurse certificate that came with the degree is a good prerequisite for occupational health positions, most of which state that a BSN is required/preferred.
  13. by   elkton
    LPN's....what are some career decisions you've found most valuable, that you can share with a LPN 3 years, that has still not found her niche.
  14. by   SiempreBella