Registered Nurse

Created by: Haylie Ross

Career Description

Registered Nurses provide patient care and educate patients about health care. They also provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members. They work in hospitals, doctor’s offices, nursing homes and the military. The hours are usually in twelve hour shifts. There is an unusually high stress level involved with being a registered nurse.

Why I picked this career

I chose this career path because I highly admire nurses. I have good communication skills and a level of empathy for others that cannot be taught. I also know several people who are registered nurses and they are some of the kindest and smartest people I know and I aspire to be like them.

Education Path

To become a registered nurse you need a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Most schools offer a nursing program including Washtenaw Community College. There are multiple schools with good nursing programs near us including University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and Oakland University. We are lucky to live in a state with so many schools with such amazing nursing programs.

Location

I would like to end up in Atlanta, Georgia. I chose this area because it is warm and sunny compared to Michigan. The job growth in this state for nursing is predicted at 35 %. The unemployment rate is only 4 % compared to the national average which is 4.9 % and Ann Arbor which is 8 %. The overall cost of living is 98 as opposed to the nation average which is 100 and Ann Arbor which is 105. The median house income is $45,205 contrasting the national average of $51,939 and Ann Arbor is $67,543. There are only precipitation days 46.83% compared to Ann Arbor which has precipitation 64.48 % of the time.

Opinion Interview

Nurses have to deal with many difficult patients. While most love their job and helping people emotions generally are high due to the high stress environment. Most people however do not regret working in this field and instead find it rewarding.