Registered Nurse (RN) Career Field

Registered Nurse (RN)Registered nurses (RN’s) work directly with patients in providing treatment and educating them and the public about medical conditions. They also record important medical information regarding medical histories, symptoms, and treatments. Nearly, 60 percent of registered nurses work in hospitals. They help do dialogistic tests, analyze results, operate medical equipment, and administered medications and treatment programs. They also help to provide emotional support to patients and their families and educate patients and caregivers in post treatment home care, diet, nutrition, and the self-administration of mediation and other medical therapies.

Educational Requirements & Licensing Requirements

Diploma in Nursing (12 to 18 months)
Associate’s Degree Nursing (ADN-2 years)
Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN-4 years)

There are actually 3 different career paths to become an RN. The best path is to obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN); this takes 4 years of college to complete and gives graduates the most training, career, and earning potential. However, if someone wants to start working sooner in the field, they can obtain their associate’s degree (ADN). This takes two years of college to complete. The shortest route is through a diploma or certification program. However, there aren’t very many diploma programs available.

RN’s must be licensed to work in all 50 states. To become licensed, an RN must graduate from an accredited nursing program and pass the national RN licensing examination, called the NCLEX-RN. Some states have other requirements that vary by state.

Educational Courses

Medical Terminology
Patient Communications
Mental Health
Supervised Clinicals

Employment Statistics

Number Employed in 2008: 2,618,700
Projected Employment through 2018: 3,200,200
Average Annual Pay for Registered Nurses in 2008: $62,450

Great Colleges

University of Phoenix
Kaplan University
Walden University
Grand Canyon University
Independence University

Related Careers

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Emergency medical technicians and paramedics
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses
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