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 Nurse Operating Room (CNOR), Charge Nurse, Coronary Care Unit Nurse (CCU Nurse), Director of Nursing (DON), Emergency Department RN (Emergency Department Registered Nurse), Emergency Room Registered Nurse (ER RN), Endoscopy RN (Endoscopy Registered Nurse), Field Nurse, Flight Nurse, Home Health RN (Home Health Registered Nurse), Labor and Delivery Nurse, Medical/Surgery Registered Nurse (Med/Surg RN), Nurse Manager, Oncology Nurse, Oncology RN (Oncology Registered Nurse), Operating Room Registered Nurse (OR RN), Post Anesthesia Care Unit Registered Nurse (PACU Nurse), Psychiatric Registered Nurse, Public Health Nurse (PHN), Registered Nurse (RN), Relief Charge Nurse, RN BSN (Registered Nurse Bachelor of Science in Nursing), School Nurse, Staff Nurse, Staff RN (Staff Registered 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 2 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 2.5%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #35 in job growth rate
  • 4,440

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #18 in net job growth

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Majors that prepare Registered Nurses:

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★ Number of granted degrees for degree type, Bachelors degree, is listed after the major.

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (2%)
  • Master's degree (9.7%)
  • Bachelor's degree (50.5%)
  • Associate's degree (32.1%)
  • Some college, no degree (4.4%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (0.9%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.3%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • 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.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • 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 there is a problem.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • 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:

  • Maintain medical facility records.
  • Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities.
  • Administer non-intravenous medications.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Inform medical professionals regarding patient conditions and care.
  • Administer anesthetics or sedatives to control pain.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 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

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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