Registered Nurses

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What do 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.

Also known as:

Cardiac Care Unit Nurse (CCU Nurse), Certified Operating Room Nurse (CNOR), Charge Nurse, Coronary Care Unit Nurse (CCU Nurse), Emergency Department RN (Emergency Department Registered Nurse), Emergency Room Registered Nurse (ER RN), Endoscopy Registered Nurse (Endoscopy RN), Field Nurse, Flight Nurse, Geriatric Nurse, Home Health RN (Home Health Registered Nurse), Labor and Delivery Nurse, Medical RN (Medical Registered Nurse), Nurse, Oncology Nurse, Oncology RN (Oncology Registered Nurse), Operating Room Registered Nurse (OR RN), PACU Nurse (Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Nurse), PACU RN (Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Registered Nurse), Pediatric RN (Pediatric Registered Nurse), Psychiatric RN (Psychiatric Registered Nurse), Relief Charge Nurse, RN Case Manager (Registered Nurse Case Manager), School Nurse, Staff Nurse, Staff RN (Staff Registered Nurse), Surgical RN (Surgery Registered Nurse), Triage Nurse

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Registered Nurses in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Registered Nurses is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 11.7%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #31 in job growth rate
  • 4,500

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #19 in net job growth

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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Registered Nurses:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (2.3%)
  • Master's degree (10.2%)
  • Bachelor's degree (52.4%)
  • Associate's degree (29.9%)
  • Some college, no degree (3.8%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (0.9%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.4%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administrative - Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities.
  • Administer non-intravenous medications.
  • Maintain medical facility records.
  • Inform medical professionals regarding patient conditions and care.
  • Immunize patients.
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O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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