Registered Nurse

On average a registered nurse makes up to $80,360 a year. With over 1,091 job openings every year, the nursing area is always looking for more RNs. Most registered nurses work as part of a team the includes doctors and therapists. RNs work in a variety of settings. Some such as Hospital nurses, Office nurses, public health, nursing care facility nurses, and a home nurse.

Some additional areas that RNs specialize in are:

  • Addiction nursing
  • Cardiovascular nursing
  • Critical care nursing
  • Neonatology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Genetics
  • School nursing

A typical work setting for a RN.

  • Have a high level of social contact. They work closely with patients.
  • Are exposed to diseases or infections on a daily basis. Always wear masks or rubber gloves to protect themselves and their patients from disease.
  • Must be very exact in their work. Errors could seriously endanger the health and safety of patients.
  • Generally have a set schedule each week.

Preparation?

A registered nurse typically needs to:

  • have a high school diploma or GED
  • graduate from a nursing program
  • complete supervised clinical work experience
  • have a license

After High School Preparation

There are three training options for registered nurses. One, you can earn an associate degree in nursing. Community and two-year colleges offer these two-year programs. Two, you can earn a bachelor's of science degree in nursing. Colleges and universities offer these four-year programs. Three, you can earn a diploma. Hospitals offer these two to three year programs.

High School ready?
Heres some courses!

You should also consider taking some advanced courses in high school. This includes Advanced Placement (AP) courses, if they are available in your school. If you do well in these courses, you may receive college credit for them. Advanced courses can also strengthen your college application.

To work as a registered nurse, you typically need to:

  • have a high school diploma or GED
  • graduate from a nursing program
  • complete supervised clinical work experience
  • and have a license.

Wages for an RN

                    Hourly Wages

                   Oregon: $44.29

                    USA: $38.55

                   Monthly Wages

                  Oregon: $7,675

                     USA: $6,681

                    Annual wages

                    Oregon: $92,130

                      USA: $80,190

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