RNs, or registered nurses, coordinate and provide patient care. Typical duties for RNs include taking patients’ medical histories and recording their symptoms, providing medication and treatment, developing care plans, observing patients, operating and monitoring medical equipment, performing and analyzing diagnostic tests, and consulting and collaborating with other healthcare professionals. RNs also teach patients how to manage their diagnosis and what to do at home. Exact duties can vary by the type of workplace and the patient population.
RN Education & Requirements
RNs must earn their associate’s or bachelor’s degree in nursing (ADN or BSN) and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), as well as meet any state-specific requirements. Critical-thinking skills, communication skills, compassion, attention to detail, emotional stability, organizational skills, and physical stamina are all important qualities for people who choose to work in RN jobs.
RN Jobs Outlook
Employment for RNs is expected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — that is higher than the average for all occupations. This projected growth is based on the market’s demand, including the health needs of our large, aging population.
RN Job Salary
Median annual salary for RNs is $68,450, according to the BLS, and the type of facility employing the RN will have an impact on the amount.