Registered Nurse

Career Research

What's a Registered Nurse?

A registered nurse (RN) is a nurse who has graduated from a nursing program at a college or university and has passed a national licensing exam to obtain a nursing license. A registered nurse's scope of practice is determined by the school and by the government responsible for health care in the region.


Required Education

Bachelor's degree, associate's degree, or nursing diploma

Other Requirements

State licensure

Projected Job Growth (2012-2022)


Median Salary (2014)


Reasons to be a RN:

1. There is great demand for nurses at present and this demand is projected to rise by 2020, by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The job opportunities in this career field will be astounding for the right candidates.


Nurses make excellent wages

; an average registered nurse makes more than $52,000 a year and more experienced and specialized nurses make over $72,000.

3. A nurse can work in

different kinds of establishments

, each offering unique work environments. For example, a nurse can work in hospitals, schools, home care facilities, government agencies, and so on.

4. Nurses can work in

flexible schedules

, and take up shifts as desired. Shifts are between 4 to 12 hours a day, and a nurse can opt for the best shifts to accommodate other side jobs or education opportunities.

5. As a nurse, you get the opportunity to interact with patients, medical staff, doctors and administrators every day. This gives you the opportunity to learn from other careers and add to your knowledge base, while sharpening your interpersonal skills.

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

  • -The area’s premier institution of higher learning enrolls more than 11,500 students and is part of The Texas A&M University System.
  • -A&M-Corpus Christi’s location on the Gulf of Mexico and on the cultural border with Latin -America shapes its focus and provides the foundation for gaining national prominence.
  • -The Island offers more than 250 days of sunshine, a Gulf breeze, and mild weather year-round.
  • -Our five academic colleges offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from highly accomplished faculty, 90 percent of whom hold the highest degree in their
  • $$ to complete the career:

    -Two-year colleges might charge about $75 per nursing credit, while private universities might charge up to $500 per credit. For a four-year program, the difference between public school nursing tuition and private school nursing tuition can be as much as $75,000.

    - Medical textbooks may cost between $1,000 to $3,000, which is higher than the cost of books in many other disciplines. Uniforms and work shoes typically cost between $150 and $300. Lab fees for nursing school (about $1,700 per term) are often higher than they are for other programs because of the cost of specialized supplies and equipment. And be sure to inquire about any additional registration, acceptance, or enrollment fees for nursing school, which can range from $75 to $600. Depending on the school, these fees may be credited toward your nursing tuition.



    -Texas A&M University Corpus Christi website

    -Google image