Also known as Charge Nurse, Emergency Department RN (Emergency Department Registered Nurse), Oncology RN (Oncology Registered Nurse), Operating Room Registered Nurse (OR RN), Public Health Nurse (PHN), Registered Nurse (RN), School Nurse, Staff Nurse, Staff RN (Staff Registered Nurse)
Also known as Charge Nurse, Emergency Department RN (Emergency Department Registered Nurse), Oncology RN (Oncology Registered Nurse)
Registered Nurses assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records.
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Registered Nurses are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Registered Nurses. More generally, Registered Nurses are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Registered Nurse is $75,330, and the average salary is $80,010. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Registered Nurse salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Registered Nurses earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Registered Nurses earn less than $53,410 per year, 25% earn less than $61,630, 75% earn less than $93,590, and 90% earn less than $116,230.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Registered Nurses is expected to change by 9.0%, and there should be roughly 194,500 open positions for Registered Nurses every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Registered Nurse are usually higher in their Social, Investigative, and Conventional interests.
Registered Nurses typically have very strong Social interests. Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Also, Registered Nurses typically have strong Investigative interests. Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Lastly, Registered Nurses typically have moderate Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Registered Nurse tend to value Relationships, Support, and Independence.
Most importantly, Registered Nurses very strongly value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Second, Registered Nurses very strongly value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Lastly, Registered Nurses strongly value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Registered Nurses must consistently demonstrate qualities such as dependability, cooperation, and attention to detail.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Registered Nurses, ranked by importance:
Many Registered Nurses will have a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Registered Nurses usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Registered Nurses may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as psychology, customer and personal service, or medicine and dentistry knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Registered Nurses might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Registered Nurses must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Registered Nurses need abilities such as deductive reasoning, problem sensitivity, and oral expression in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Registered Nurses, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Registered Nurses frequently use skills like social perceptiveness, service orientation, and active listening to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Registered Nurses, ranked by their relative importance.
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