In the Air Force:
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN); Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner; Aerospace Medical Service Craftsman; Aerospace Medical Service Helper, Flight and Operational Medical Technician; Aerospace Medical Service Manager; Clinical Nurse, Post Anesthesia Care Unit; Dental Assistant Journeyman, Dental Hygienist; Health Services Management Journeyman, Health Information Technology; Surgical Service Apprentice, Orthopedics; Surgical Service Helper, Orthopedics; Surgical Service Superintendent
In the Army:
Army Public Health Nurse; Certified Nurse Midwife; Emergency Nursing; Generalist Nurse; Medical Surgical Nurse; Nurse Corps Officer; Operating Room Specialist; Orthopedic Specialist; Practical Nursing Specialist; Psychiatric/Behavioral Health Nurse Practitioner; Special Forces Medical Sergeant
Registered nurses, or RNs, are the largest healthcare occupation for good reason; they give patients medical care, educate them about their health issues, and offer emotional support. These medical professionals observe and record their patients’ condition. They help perform diagnostic tests to make effective plans for patient care. Before patients head home from a treatment or procedure, RNs explain how to manage the illness or injury. A core part of medical teams, they consult with doctors and other health care professionals and may oversee the work of other nurses and assistants. Registered nurses work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, home health care services, and nursing homes. Some work in correctional facilities or schools, or serve in the military. Nurses may also have the opportunity to travel, as they are needed across the U.S. and around the world. Risks—such as back injuries from lifting patients or exposure to infectious diseases and chemicals—are part of the job. They may work nights, weekends, and holidays, and be on call in off-hours. There are three paths to become an RN: a bachelor’s degree in nursing, an associate’s degree, or a diploma from an approved nursing program. They must also be licensed. Some nurses earn a master’s or doctoral-level degree and work in management, research, or academic settings. Combining competence with compassion, nursing is a career that improves —and even saves— many lives.
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.
Math and Science
arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
medicine and dentistry
therapy and counseling
Arts and Humanities
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
talking to others
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
understanding people's reactions
changing what is done based on other people's actions
communicate by speaking
listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
notice when problems happen
use rules to solve problems
see hidden patterns
quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
do two or more things at the same time
People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
Attention to Detail
Concern for Others
You might use software like this on the job:
eClinicalWorks EHR software
Word processing software
Data base user interface and query software
bachelor's degree or certificate after high school usually needed
Get started on your career:
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.