Careers (MP) In today’s medical environment, a registered nurse must rely upon for their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, and are generally expected to possess a much broader base of knowledge, including humanities, social sciences, and data analysis. They continue to remain in high demand throughout the country, and increasingly, employers are seeking people having the advanced skills and clinical knowledge that can be obtained through BSN programs.
According to national data published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment for registered nurses (RNs) is expected to increase 16% by 2024, which is faster than the national average for all other careers. The BLS also indicated that RN’s with at least a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) are expected to have the best job opportunities. If you’re considering a RN career you should conduct independent research to determine actual job growth rates, which can vary according to locale, education and experience.
What Does a Registered Nurse do?
RNs perform a wide variety of job the dynamic healthcare industry, such as caring for and educating patients about their conditions, as well as establishing trust and building rapport with patients and their families. Some daily RN duties might include:
Working with a variety of patients, from pediatric to geriatric, or specializing in one of numerous possible areas such as neo-natal intensive care, cardiac care, neurologic care, and surgery along with –
- Administering medications and treatments
- Consulting with physicians and other healthcare professionals
- Establishing treatment plans, operating medical equipment
- Observing and recording patient behavior
- Performing diagnostic tests
- Supervising licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and certified nurse assistants (CNAs)
- Treating medical emergencies, such as heart attacks, strokes, car accidents and burns as well as recovering post-patients
|Required Education*||AAS. or BSN|
|Projected Job Growth (2015-2022)||16%*|
|Average Annual Salary (2015)||$45K-$98,890*|
Education and Training
It is likely you could get an entry-level Registered Nurse position with an associate’s degree however, the industry standard is fast becoming a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. For people who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in a different field, accelerated B.S.N. degree programs normally takes from about 12 to 18 months. During nursing school, students should get a diverse education with coursework ranging from anatomy to pharmacology to public health. And all programs will have some clinical aspect, where students provide personal care under the supervision of certified RNs. Alongside graduating from a certified program, students will have to pass a national licensing examination referred to as National Council Licensure Examination, and candidates must meet other requirements that vary by state. Some nurses choose to pursue master’s degrees in advanced practice nursing specialties, say for example, a nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist.