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Job title: Nursing

Beginning Salary: $67,490 per year

Skills required: Critical thinking skills, communication skills, compassion, detail

oriented, emotional stability, organizational skills, and physical stamina
Education required: A Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing (BSN), an associates
degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program.
Registered nurses also must be licensed.
Experience required: Registered nurses must have a license. To become licensed,
nurses must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass the National
Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).
Positive Features:
Medical benefits
Dental benefits
Vision benefits

Promotion Opportunities:
Most registered nurses begin as staff
nurses in hospitals or community
health settings. In management,
nurses can advance from assistant
clinical nurse manager, charge nurse,
or head nurse to more senior-level
administrative roles. Some nurses
move into the business side of
healthcare. Their nursing expertise
and experience on a healthcare team
equip them to manage ambulatory,
acute, home-based, and chronic care
businesses. Employers need registered
nurses for jobs in health planning and
development, marketing, consulting,
policy development, and quality
assurance. Some RNs choose to
become nurse anesthetists, nurse
midwives, or nurse practitioners,

which, along with clinical nurse

specialists, are types of advanced
practice registered nurses (APRNs).
Other nurses work as postsecondary
teachers in colleges and universities.
Negative Features:
Employee expenses

Work requirements:
Record patients medical
histories and symptoms
Administer patients medicines
and treatments
Set up plans for patients care or
contribute to existing plans
Observe patients and record the
Consult and collaborate with
doctors and other healthcare
Operate and monitor medical

Help perform diagnostic tests

and analyze the results
Teach patients and their families
how to manage illnesses or
Explain what to do at home after

Other Considerations* (Such as

travel, expense accounts, bonuses,
working hours, training programs, etc.)
Because patients in hospitals and
nursing care facilities need round-theclock care, nurses in these settings
usually work in shifts, covering all 24
hours. They may work nights,
weekends, and holidays. They also
may be on call. Nurses who work in
offices, schools, and other places that
do not provide 24-hour care are more
likely to work regular business hours.
In 2014, about 1 out of 6 registered
nurses worked part time
Job Outlook:
The projected percent change in
employment from 2014 to 2024 is
16% (Much faster than average)