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Registered Nurse

What do RN's do?


  • Record patients' medical histories and symptoms
  • Perform physical exams and health histories
  • Provide health promotion, counseling and education
  • Administer medications, wound care, and numerous other personalized interventions
  • Interpret patient information and make critical decisions about needed actions
  • Coordinate care, in collaboration with a wide array of healthcare professionals
  • Direct and supervise care delivered by other healthcare personnel like LPNs and nurse aides
  • Conduct research in support of improved practice and patient outcomes
  • Give patients medicines and treatments
  • Set up plans for patients’ care or contribute to existing plans
  • Observe patients and record the observations
  • Consult with doctors and other healthcare professionals
  • Operate and monitor medical equipment
  • Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results
  • Teach patients and their families how to manage their illnesses or injuries
  • Explain what to do at home after treatment



Salary & Benefits

  • Salaries: salaries up to $85.15/hr for career RNs

  • New graduate rates up to $51.73/hr for day shift.
  • Shift differential: ­12 percent for evenings, 20.5 percent for night shifts.
  • Paid education leave: up to 12 days per year.
  • 13 paid holidays per year.
  • Preceptor pay: $2.50/hr for preceptor assignments.
  • Charge pay: $3.25/hr additional pay.
  • Weekend differentials: 30 percent additional pay.
  • Call back while on-call: double-time.
  • Per diem pay: 25 percent pay differential.
  • Overtime: time-and-a-half after eight hours, double-time after 12 hours.
  • Experience credit: increased pay for years worked as an RN inside or outside the U.S.

Defined-Benefit Pension Plan

  • Full and part-time RNs receive defined-benefit plan.
  • Pension credit for per diems who work 1,000 hours per year.
  • RNs who transfer to another CNA/NNU­­­­­-represented hospital in a system are able to bring full earned pension credits.

Health Benefits

Full coverage for the RN and her/his family, including health, dental, and vision, paid by the employer with no co-pays.


Education

At a minimum, an entry-level nursing job requires a bachelor of science degree in nursing, an associate’s degree, or a diploma program administered in a hospital. The two-year associate’s degree can be a quicker and more economical route, but many graduates of associate’s programs eventually aim to complete a bachelor’s degree for a more comprehensive nursing education, and experts say that the bachelor’s degree is fast becoming the industry standard. For those who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in a different field, accelerated B.S.N. degree programs can take from 12 to 18 months. Students must also pass a national licensing examination known as the National Council Licensure Examination, and may have to meet other requirements which vary by state. Many nurses choose to pursue master’s degrees in advanced-practice nursing specialties, such as a nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist.

Working Conditions

  • Dress in scrubs
  • The standard working week is 37.5 hours. These hours can be worked in a variety of ways, usually depending on the role, the location and whether you work full-time or part-time.
  • Atleast 1,000 hours worked yearly
  • Location can be at any hospital, doctor's office, etc near you


Pros/Cons

Pro's:

  • Good Salary
  • Opportunities for Career Advancement
  • Numerous Job Opportunities
  • Nurses are in demand
  • Benefits
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Opportunities for Self-Employment
  • Making a Difference


Cons:

  • Nursing Is a Demanding Profession
  • Potentially Dangerous Work Conditions
  • Long Hours
  • Salary Ceilings