Registered Nurse (Career Project)

by: Alexia Raimondi

Registered Nurse

Registered nurses (RNs) perform many jobs.RN's 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.


Daily Tasks

Some of their daily tasks and responsibilities include:

  • Administering medications and treatments
  • Preforming tests
  • Treating medical emergencies, such as heart attacks, strokes, car accidents and burns as well as recovering post-operative patients
  • Supervising other nurses
  • Establishing treatment plans
  • Operating medical equipment
  • Consulting with other heath care professionals
  • Observing and recording patient information
  • Working with a variety of patients


Education needed

required Education-Diploma, associate or bachelor's degree in nursing

licensing-Must hold a state nursing license


Job skills

  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Coordination
  • Service Orientation


Job Outlook/Salary

The BLS estimated a 19% job growth for RNs in the years 2012-2022. Registered nurses earned $66,220 as a median annual wage in May 2013, according to the BLS.


Work Environment

Registered nurses work in hospitals, physicians' offices, home healthcare services, and nursing care facilities. Others work in correctional facilities, schools, clinics, or even serve in the military.Most registered nurses work in well-lit, comfortable healthcare facilities.

Career Connections

So basically the video talks about Lindsay who is a registered nurse. She talks about her daily job and all about how long you have to go to school and how what subject you need to take. The video below also includes what skills you need for this job.
Registered Nurse (Episode 39)

High school Preparation

Related courses, Some related courses that a high school student looking into Nursing can take at Leyden could be:

  • Medical Careers or
  • Child Care Practicum


Extra-curricular Activities, Some after school activities someone interested in this career could take:

  • Peer Leaders or
  • Peer Mediation


Work/Volunteer Experience, In order to experience working as a Registered Nurse you could:

  • Intern at a Hospital and/or Volunteer at a nursing home

References

a reference could be an adult that you sort of look up to or they help you.


  • Nancy Raimondi, Mother: Shes a reference for me because she helps me with lots of things and been helping me my whole life.
  • Any of my teachers: They are a good reference because they know how life is after high school and they can share that experience when their students.
  • Marissa Conforti, Sponsor: She's a good reference for me because she is someone I can look up to and i know shes there for me.

Post-Secondary plan

  • College:

Possible college majors for nursing could be nursing, mental-health nursing, adult nursing, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, and health assessment.


  • Requirements:

The American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) offers its own credentialing program specifically for critical care nurses. Like the ANA/ANCC, an AACN credential requires a examination and has its own set of requirements which RNs must meet in order to take the credentialing examination The AACN also offers a clinical specialist credential (CCNS) for master's prepared RNs and national acute care nurse practitioners (ACNPs). AACN credentials are valid for three years and are renewable.


  • Intern opportunities:

Its an eight to fourteen-week program offers classroom and clinical learning opportunities in the critical care environment. Content includes EKG interpretation; use of emergency drugs; emergency protocols; ABG interpretation and management; hemodynamic monitoring, including arterial, CVP, pulmonary artery, and cardiac output monitoring; mechanical ventilation management; lab interpretations; and medical ethics.