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Registered Nurses

Also called: Charge Nurse, Emergency Department RN (Emergency Department Registered Nurse), Operating Room Registered Nurse (OR RN), Staff Nurse

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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:
  • Record patients' medical information and vital signs.
  • Administer medications to patients and monitor patients for reactions or side effects.
  • Maintain accurate, detailed reports and records.

Knowledge

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

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
Attention
  • do two or more things at the same time

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS Hot Technology
  • Henry Schein Dentrix Hot Technology
Word processing software
  • Google Docs Hot Technology
  • Microsoft Word Hot Technology
Electronic mail software
  • IBM Notes Hot Technology
  • Microsoft Exchange Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$75,330
$53,410
$116,230
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