Brittney Storm

A Career as a Registered Nurse

Career Goal: Registered Nurse

Career Overview

Registered nurses care for patients who are ill or injured. They promote good health, help, and teach the patients to cope with an illness. They can work in nursing homes, hospitals, doctor's offices, and even in people's home to help them recover from an accident or illness. Their daily duties they perform are based on where they are working and what setting they are in. If they work in a hospital setting then they usually observe and carry out medical treatments for patients. Computer equipment is used to montior the patients vital signs and they record observations on the patients charts. Registered nurses work under a doctor so they may have to assist the doctors with any exams that need to be performed or draw blood or give an injection. A uniform is usually always required and safety gear like gloves or masks.

Helpful High School Courses

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Computer applications
  • Health Education
  • Intro to health care
  • Nursing
  • Safety and first aid

Skills and Abilities

Some important skills you need to have being a registered nurse are having good communication, reasoning and problem, perceive and visualize, be able to use math and science, manage yourself in a proper manner, also be able to manage other people, your time, and tasks that you have to complete so you don't get rushed at the end or not able to finish them from not managing things. You also have to be able to work with people well and good with working with new things.

Working Conditions

The typical working conditions for a registered nurse are working closely with patients and having to deal with angry or upset patients often. They have to wear a uniform or jacket while they are working. Every day they are exposed to diseases or infections so they have to be cautious about that and be very sanitary. They must be always very exact in the work they do because if they aren't then the smallest things could cause a big problem. There are always strict deadlines for work to be done daily. The schedules for working are usually set and everyone is always on-call. The typical work week is 40 hours.


  • Must have your high school diploma or GED
  • Graduate from a nursing program
  • Complete a supervised clinical work and experience
  • Pass the license test and get licensed
  • Volunteering at nursing homes
  • Taking anatomy, physiology, and chemistry courses


  • Minnesota: $34.77/hr     $72,330/year
  • SW MN: $29.41/hr     $61,180/year
  • US: $31.71/hr     $65,950/year

Employment Outlook

  • Minnesota: 20% increase
  • SW MN: 23% increase
  • US: 30% increase

Related Occupations

Some other careers that do similar tasks as a registered nurse would be like:

  • Surgeon
  • Chiropractor
  • Family and general practioner
  • LPN (licensed practical nurse)
  • Internist
  • Medical assistant
  • Midwives
  • Nurse anesthetists
  • Psysician assisting
  • Nurse practitioner

Career Program of Study- Registered Nursing

Program Overview

In the program you learn techniques and procedures for caring for patients and helping doctors you work under. It is one of the fastest growing programs. Typically you get your BSN (bachelor of science in nursing) and then later on you can get specialized in a specific area. After you complete your program you are able to go into many different health care settings.

Program Admission

Typically you have to pass your general courses before you can get into your nursing major. The classes that typically have to be passed are chemistry, human anatomy, statistics, biology, and nutrition. You also have to fill out and submit an official application. Getting admitted into the program is usually competitive and better to get your application submitted sooner rather than waiting.

Typical Course Work

Undergraduate: The typical classes you would take are abnormal psychology, adult health and illness, biochemistry, caring for older adults, community care, growth and development, human anatomy, nutrition, reproductive health, and many more.

Graduate: You would have to had completed the required courses before, have more clinicals, and then have to write a thesis.

Related Programs

  • Health Aide
  • LPN (licensed practical nurse)
  • Medical assisting
  • Nurse anesthetist
  • Nurse midwifery
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Nursing
  • Nursing administration
  • Nursing assisting
  • Pre-nursing
  • Surgical technology

Schools that offer this Program

  • Mayo School of Health Sciences
  • Minnesota State University- Mankato
  • Minnesota State University- Moorehead
  • St. Cloud State Univeristy
  • Bethel
  • Saint Benedict
  • Crown
  • Rasmussen College
  • U of M Twin Cities and Rochester

College of Interest

Minnesota State University- Moorhead


  • Type of School: 4 year
  • School Setting: Urban
  • Location of nearest city: Moorhead
  • Co-ed
  • Religious Affiliation: No

Admission Requirements

They require you to graduate from high school or have your GED with an ACT of 21 or higher and SAT of 980 or higher. Otherwise be in the top 50% of your graduating class, at least 17 on ACT and 820 on the SAT.


The major that is offered and that I'm interested is the School of nursing RN and BSN. The school is accredited.

College Expenses

Tuition, room, and board is $6898 $6984 and a fee of $936

The estimated total cost would be $14, 818

Financial Aid

The deadline to apply is June 30, 2013 but they prefer March 15, 2013 because it's better to get it in sooner than waiting until the last minute. You need a FAFSA and a student aid report. A scholarship that would be available for me is the Chemistry scholarship.


There are nine different halls that you can live in. Each either has laundry and kitchenette in your room or on the floor. There are also many different meals plans to fit your needs.


Some clubs that they offer are theatre and dance. They also offer a lot of athletics like volleyball, women swimming and diving, wrestling, basketball, track and field, cross country, softball, women soccer, women golf, and women tennis.

Campus Visit

They give visits daily at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday

They also have "Fire up Friday's" which is at 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. it starts with a 30 minute administration presentation and then the tour is led by students.

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