According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, RN jobs constitute the largest healthcare occupation. A registered nurse fills a number of very important roles within a medical facility, providing direct and personal patient care, updating patient records, providing emotional support for the patient and the patient's family, and serving as the liaison between the physician and the patient. While an RN's role includes most of the same tasks as an LPN's (or LVN's) role, the registered nurse is given both greater responsibility and higher compensation. RN jobs vary between general nursing duties and a number of possible specialties, including a few which actually require little to no patient care.
Education requirements and licensing
To become certified as a registered nurse, a candidate must successfully complete a two- to four-year accredited nursing program and must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). A candidate must also satisfy any additional requirements set by their state's Board of Nursing. Follow this link for more detailed information on how to become a registered nurse.
Types of RN jobs
The availability of RN jobs today and tomorrow
There is a great need for nurses who have achieved registered status. With a growing patient base and fewer people applying, medical facilities are constantly in need of new professionals. For a person pursuing a career as an RN, there are many opportunities available. One significant roadblock in the current environment, however, is the lack of nursing faculty available to train new applicants. Some nursing schools are having to turn applicants away simply because they do not have enough educators.
Over the course of the next decade, the need for both nursing educators and RNs is expected to rise dramatically - perhaps more than any other profession. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects demand for RNs to grow by 22%. That means an expected 581,500 new jobs, in addition to openings due to workforce turnover. Jobs in doctors' offices are expected to increase by almost 50% with jobs in home health care, nursing care facilities and employment services increasing 24%-33%. With more procedures and patient care being handled outside of the hospital, new jobs in hospitals are expected to rise only 17%.
To qualify for the best RN job opportunities, try to complete at least a bachelor's degree. Many nursing agencies (espeically those that maintain Joint Commission certification require at least two years of experience as an RN - on excellent example is the RN agency profiled for Chicago nursing jobs.
An online medical jobs search can be quite useful in locating and applying for various nursing jobs. Additionally, a number of advisors or placement services can help a person with their job search.
While the salary for a registered nurse can vary depending upon the medical facility for which they work, the national median pay for RNs in 2008 was $62,450. The mean, or average, annual wage was a little higher, at $65,130. Keep in mind that RN salaries can vary greatly depending upon the specialty that a person decides to pursue.
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