Registered Nurse (RN)

What Does a Registered Nurse do?

Registered nurses are on the most in-demand jobs in a variety of workplaces these days. As our population ages, the need for RN’s is expected to grow exponentially over the coming years. Depending on where you work, and in which department, the role of an RN can vary greatly. Most often an RN is involved in the direct care of patients in a number of ways. Those include administering medication, help with procedures, record vitals, create care plans, and many more.

In addition, many registered nurses opt to continue on to more advanced degrees. This can lead to careers like a nurse anesthetist, nurse practitioner, and others.

What is the Salary?

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Registered nurse’s salaries have a very wide range due to the many different roles a nurse can play. They also can vary based on the level of education within the RN career path alone as some RN’s have Bachelor’s degrees while others only have Associate’s degrees. Regardless, the average salary of an RN is well above the national average, with some cracking the six-figure mark.

Work Environment

As discussed above, the work environment of a registered nurse can vary greatly. You will find the majority of RN’s working in hospital and doctors office settings, but there is a growing number in outpatient facilities and nursing homes as the population ages.

What Education and Experience is Needed?

You can become a licensed Registered Nurse by getting an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN), or a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN). You will find a wider range of job options with the BSN, but if you have time and budget limitations, and ADN is a great place to start.

There are also many practicing LPN’s that would like to continue their education and become an RN. There are specific LPN-to-ADN and LPN-to-BSN programs for this particular path.

Once you complete either of these two degrees, you will need to pass the NCLEX exam in order to get your license and become a practicing RN.

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Source: Bureau of Labor and Statistics

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