Registered nurses provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members. They may focus their practice on a specific health condition, a specific part of the body, a specific group of people or a specific workplace. Most importantly, they often help patients feel more comfortable and relaxed in the face of stress-inducing procedures.
Registered nurse job duties include many tasks:
Record patients' medical histories and symptoms.
Administer patients' medicines and treatments.
Contribute to or set up plans for patients’ care.
Observe patients and record observations on their prognoses.
Consult with doctors and other health care professionals.
Operate and monitor medical equipment.
Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results.
Teach patients and their families how to manage illnesses or injuries.
National Median Salary
*Figure represents national average. To view the average salary in your state visit the bureau of labor statistics.
Entry-level education requirements:
High school diploma/GED and associate degree
Job outlook (2014-24):
Growing faster than average (16 percent projected growth)*