Becoming an RN
By Jazmyne Skinner
What is an RN and What education do you need
The BLS reports the median salary for a registered nurse was $66,220 in 2013. The best-paid 10 percent of RNs made more than $96,320, while the bottom 10 percent earned less than $45,630.
RNs can be found in all arenas of health care.
On the job, registered nurses perform a variety of functions:
- Evaluate and record patient symptoms
- Help doctors during exams and surgeries
- Dress wounds and incisions
- Teach patients about self-care and healthy habits
- Lab work
- Review patient treatment plans and measure progress
- Act as supervisor to some nurses
The exact duties an RN performs relies heavily on where they work. For example, RNs in hospitals are more likely to be in fast-paced situations with irregular hours whereas an RN in a doctor's office is more apt to work a typical 40-hour week and work closely with regular patients.