Registered nurse

Amy Hobbs

"Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter’s or sculptor’s work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God’s spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts." ~Florence Nightingale
Big image

Job Description

Registered nurses (RNs) 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.


  • Maintain accurate, detailed reports and records.
  • Administer medications to patients and monitor patients for reactions or side effects.
  • Record patients' medical information and vital signs.
  • Monitor, record, and report symptoms or changes in patients' conditions.
  • Consult and coordinate with healthcare team members to assess, plan, implement, or evaluate patient care plans.
  • Modify patient treatment plans as indicated by patients' responses and conditions.
  • Monitor all aspects of patient care, including diet and physical activity.
  • Direct or supervise less-skilled nursing or healthcare personnel or supervise a particular unit.
  • Prepare patients for and assist with examinations or treatments.
  • Instruct individuals, families, or other groups on topics such as health education, disease prevention, or childbirth and develop health improvement programs.

Wages and Employment Trends

Entry-level pay $19.81 per hour

Projected growth (2012-2022)---Faster than average (15% to 21%)

Projected job openings (2012-2022)--1,052,600


Currently estimated annual job openings for the metro area of Knoxville TN are 336.

Degree needed


Pellissippi State Community College offers an associate's degree in nursing. The Pellissippi State Nursing program begins each fall and is offered at two sites?the Magnolia Avenue Campus in Knoxville and the Blount County Campus in Friendsville. The program requires two years in addition to completing certain prerequisites. Per criteria of the Tennessee Board of Nursing, graduates are eligible to take the nursing licensure exam (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse and enter a nursing career. The program was approved in September 2009.

They also offer a pathway to a bachelor's degree. Because of the varying entry points for acceptance/entrance into baccalaureate nursing programs and the different structures of nursing curricula, community college students planning to transfer to university programs are advised to follow a freshman‐year curriculum. By completing this one‐year plan of studies (certificate) and then transferring before the sophomore year to a university, community college students will be on track with prospective nursing students who began the freshman year at a public university in Tennessee. Community college students who pursue this plan will then be eligible at the earliest opportunity to compete for acceptance to a four‐year nursing program leading to the award of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

I am a Nurse - National Nurses Week