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What are the duties and responsibilities of a nurse?

Nurses take care of sick and injured people. They give people medicine. They treat wounds. Also, they give emotional support to patients and their families.
Nurses ask patients about their symptoms and keep detailed records. They watch for signs that people are sick. Then, nurses help doctors examine and treat patients. Some nurses help to give tests to find out why people are sick. Some also do lab work to get test results.
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Average Hours/Working Locations/Salary

The average hours nurses work are 36 hours a week. The typical working locations for a nurse is a doctor’s office or a hospital. Their average yearly wages are $65,130.
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Educated needed/Skills Required/Job Outlook/ Advancement Opportunities

Nurses must graduate from a nursing program. It takes about 2 years of college to attain an associate degree in nursing. It takes about 4 years to finish a bachelor's degree in nursing, and a nursing diploma program usually takes about 3 years. After graduating, nurses need to pass a test to get a nursing license. Everest College is a college that has a nursing program. They have to take classes every few years to keep their skills current. Nurses need to be caring and kind. They also need to be good at recognizing problems and remembering details. Registered nurses is the largest health care occupation. They held about 2.6 million jobs in 2008. About 3 out of 5 worked in hospitals. Nurses can become head nurses or directors of nursing. Some nurses move into the business side of health care. Some get jobs in big health care firms planning, marketing, and making sure people get good care.