Registered Nurses (RNs) can work at the bedside with the sickest patients or opt to care for those who are mostly well. They can work directly with patients or indirectly by collaborating with the interdisciplinary team or others involved in healthcare to help patients.
RNs have the option of working in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, physician’s offices, prisons, from home, as a traveling nurse in hospitals across the country, and in many other specialty roles.
Registered nurses (RNs) are required to have a minimum of an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN).
To enroll in any nursing program, you usually need a high school degree with a 2.0 GPA or higher. Your transcript should show three years each of math and science courses, four years of English, and two years of a foreign language.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) can help you secure a job with more responsibility and higher pay.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2019 median salary for a Registered Nurse (RN) was $73,300/yr with many factors affecting the salary – location, experience, specialty, certifications, and education.
5 highest-paying states for nurses in the US list average salaries that fluctuate between $91,080/yr – $106,950/yr.
- Complete an accredited registered nurse program.
- Take and pass the NCLEX-RN examination.
- Obtain a state license.
- Obtain employment as a registered nurse.
- Pursue additional training or education.
- Organizational Skills.
- Detail Oriented.
- Critical Thinking.
- Excellent Communication Skills.
- Dedication and Patience.
- Alert and Observant.
- Kind and Compassionate.
- Interpreting patient information and making decisions about necessary actions, where appropriate.
- Consulting with nurse supervisors and physicians to determine best treatment plans for patients.
- Directing and supervising the care of other healthcare professionals, including licensed practical nurses, certified nurse assistants, and nurse aides.
- Conducting research to improve patient outcomes and healthcare processes.
- Observing and recording patient behavior.
- Performing physical exams and diagnostic tests.
- Collecting patient health histories.
- Counseling patients and their families.
- Educating patients about treatment plans.
- Administering medications, wound care, and other treatment options
Good luck with your Registered Nurse job search.
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Notice: Salaries may vary and are based on research. Date: November 12, 2020
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