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Registered Nurses

Also called: Charge Nurse, Director of Nursing (DON), Registered Nurse (RN), Staff Nurse

Where in the Air Force? In the Air Force: Flight Nurse; Nursing Administrator; Operating Room Nurse

What they do:
Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required.
On the job, you would:
  • Maintain accurate, detailed reports and records.
  • Administer medications to patients and monitor patients for reactions or side effects.
  • Record patients' medical information and vital signs.

Knowledge

Health
  • medicine and dentistry
  • therapy and counseling
Business
  • customer service
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Concern for Others
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Epic software
  • QuadraMed Affinity Healthcare Information System
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Office suite software
  • Microsoft Office software

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$65,470
per year, on average
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