Registered Nurse

By: Danny West

Doing the job

Registered nurses work in well-lit and comfortable health facilities. Some travel to patients' homes, schools, or other sites. Nurses are often exposed to infections, diseases, and other dangers such as radiation, needle pricks, and chemicals. Nurses adapt to a physically challenging job that requires heavy lifting, bending, standing for long periods of time, and considerable walking. Work hours are usually assigned in eight- to 12-hour shifts, including around the clock coverage.


There are 7,472 R.N.'s employed in this area.

The estimated annual job opening's is 337.

Approaching retirement 1,925

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Registered Nurses in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.


In all States and the District of Columbia, students must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass a national licensing examination, known as the NCLEX-RN, in order to obtain a nursing license. A associate's degree, is the minimum education required for this occupation. You must also take the state exam.

There are three major educational paths to registered nursing: A bachelors of science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate degree in nursing (ADN), and a diploma. BSN programs, offered by colleges and universities, take about 4 years to complete


In Tennessee the starting pay is $19.71 Hourly up to $35.12 Hourly. Of corse your pay will be affected by your experience.

10% are at $19.80/hr. 50% are $25.92/hr. 90% are $32.68/hr.

Getting a job

There are about 97 companies looking for R.N.'s just in the Knoxville area.

At this time there are arownd 478 job openings in this area alone.

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