Registered Nurse

Taylor McCloskey

Occupation and Description

RNs perform a wide variety of job duties during their shifts, caring for and educating patients about their conditions, as well as establishing trust and building rapport with patients and their families. Citations: (Job Outlook for Registered Nurses RN Who Complete Their BSN Degree, http://www.villanovau.com/registered-nurse-rn-job-description/)


Certifications Necessary to Practice

Registered nurses are required to be licensed by the state in which they practice. They have to renew the license every two years in order to maintain the position and practice nursing. Citation: (License, Certification, and Accreditation, http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/TableofContents/Vol21997/No3Aug97/LicensureCertificationandAccreditation.html)


Daily Activities: Nature of the Work

RN's have very many roles such as direct patient care and case management to establishing nursing practice standards, developing quality assurance procedures, directing complex nursing care systems, conducting clinical research and teaching in nursing programs, as well as practicing in many other invigorating settings. They develop and manage nursing care plans, instruct patients and their families in proper care and help individuals and groups take steps to improve or maintain their health. While state laws govern the scope of nursing practice, it is usually patient needs that determine a nurse's daily job activities. Citations: (Registered Nurse (RN) overview, http://explorehealthcareers.org/en/Career/21/Registered_Nurse_RN)


Education Requirements

Education degree requirements have a range from a diploma to a bachelor's degree. Citation: (How to become an RN, http://www.collegequest.com/how-to-become-an-rn.aspx)


Payday- What is average income?

Registered nurses earn an average of $69,110 ranging from $44,970 (the lowest 10%) to over $96,630 (the highest 90% among RNs) according to a national survey conducted by Bureau of Labor Statistics. Citation: (Job Outlook for Registered Nurses (RN) Who Complete Their BSN Degree. http://www.villanovau.com/registered-nurse-rn-job-description/)


What skills are necessary to be successful in this profession?

It is necessary for Registered nurses to have excellent people skills, good communication and observation, ability to answer questions and offer advice, happy to work as part of a team, dealing with emotionally charged situations, care, compassion, competence, communication, courage, and commitment. Citation: (Nursing skills required, http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/explore-by-career/nursing/skills-required/)


Practice Settings: Where would you work?

Registered nurses work in hospitals, physicians' offices, home health care services, and nursing care facilities. Others work in correctional facilities, schools, or serve in the military. Citation: (United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Registered-nurses.htm)

Job Outlook or 3 Fun Facts

The outlook for RN's is expected to grow 26% from 2010 to 2020 faster than the average of most job occupations. Citation: (Registered Nurse Job Outlook, http://www.healthguideusa.org/careers/registered_nurse_job_outlook.htm)


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