A Career As a Registered Nurse
-Kaitlin Brown

Career Overview

Registered nurses offer care for a specific health conditions, a specific part of the body, a group of people and even a particular type of environment. Responsibilities within this field also run the spectrum from clerical work, to administering medicine, to preforming procedures and monitoring a patient's progress.

Career Skills and Interests

As a nurse you are a listener, a manager, and a knowledgeable skilled professional.

Excellent People skills

You provide care for people of all different ages and backgrounds. you need to be able to make them comfortable and make them confident in your care as their nurse. You have to deal sympathetically with their problems and fears.

Good communication and observation

Communication and observation are crucial to good nursing. You need to be a good at listening as well as talking and you have to be constantly alert to changes in patients' conditions and the implications in terms of care.

Ability to answer questions and offer advice

Nurses are the most frequent point of contact for patients, so you must be able to answer their questions, share your knowledge and skills with patients, their families and friends and make sure their needs are recognized by the rest of the care team.

Dealing with emotionally charged situations

Nursing can sometimes involve managing distress. You'll play a key part in helping patients and families come through their crises.


Care defines nurses and their work. People receiving care expect it to be consistently right for them throughout every stage of their life.


Compassion is how care is delivered through relationships based on empathy, respect and dignity. It can also be described as intelligent kindness, and is central to how people perceive their care.


Courage enables nurses to do the right thing for the people. It means speaking up when there are concerns and having the personal strength and vision to innovate and embrace new ways of working.

Career Working Conditions

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a high level of social contact. They work closely with patients.
  • Often deal with angry or unpleasant patients.
  • Are responsible for the health and safety of patients.
  • Are often placed in conflict situations.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Are exposed to diseases or infections on a daily basis. Always wear masks or rubber gloves to protect themselves and their patients from disease.
  • Usually work indoors.
  • Work very near patients and doctors. They come into physical contact with patients throughout the day.
  • Usually wear a uniform or lab jacket.

Work Performance

  • Must be very exact in their work. Errors could seriously endanger the health and safety of patients.
  • Repeat the same tasks over and over, such as recording patients' medical information.
  • Make decisions on a daily basis that strongly impact patients. They rarely consult doctors before making a decision.
  • Are usually able to set their tasks for the day without consulting with a doctor.


  • Generally have a set schedule each week.
  • May work part time or full time, but most work 40 hours a week.
  • May work nights, weekends, and holidays, especially in hospitals or nursing homes.
  • May be on-call to work on short notice.

Career Wages and Outlook


MN- $70,560

U.S- $66,220

Employment Outlook-

It is a very strong demand for both the U.S and Minnesota.

Career Related Occupations

The occupations listed below may have similar work duties, use similar skills, be in the same career ladder, have a similar level of education, or be related in another way.

  • Emergency medical Tech.
  • LPN
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Pediatricians
  • Surgical Tech.
  • Psychiatrists

Program of Study- Registered Nurse

The first requirement in becoming a registered nurse is to obtain the proper education. There are several different paths that can lead to licensure as an RN. Aspiring RNs may earn a diploma, an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Bachleor of Science in Nursing (BSN) . The ADN route is the most common way to obtain licensure as a registered nurse, and usually involves a two-year program at a community or junior college. Diploma programs are available through hospitals, and typically last about three years. Like bachelor’s programs in other fields, a BSN Degree is awarded by a college or university and generally takes four years to complete. Some nursing experts consider ADN-trained RNs as technical-level nurses and BSN-trained RNs as professional-level. RNs with a BSN often have better job opportunities than those with only a diploma or ADN.

Registered nursing programs prepare people to work as RNs.

Registered nursing programs include topics such as:

  • Administering medication and treatments
  • Patient care
  • Assisting physicians
  • Health education

In registered nursing programs, students may be able to specialize in:

  • Occupational and environmental health nursing
  • Critical care nursing
  • Perioperative and surgical nursing
  • Psychiatric nursing
  • Pediatric nursing
  • Adult health nursing
  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Maternal/child health and neonatal nursing

College Choice
Bemidji State-

College Info

Size and Location- It is in a small town rural area in Bemidji. There are about 4,952 undergrad students.

Admission Requirements- You need to take your ACT, have your high school transcript.

College Expenses- Instate tuition - $8,134, Books and supplies- $862, other required expenses- $1,500, room and board- $7,256,

Housing Dorms and Apartments- There are 6 different dorms with many different styles for each.

Activities- There are many different sports that you can go and watch or even get involved with. There are many different activities that go on through out the year that are posted on the Bemidji website that changes throughout the year.

Informational Interview

I learned that OFC is a great work place. They are very organized and work great together as a team. I learned that CMA's do a lot that LPN's do just don't get as high as pay. I learned about what they have to do to help make sure the patients are getting the correct care they need to be happy. While being a CMA you have to put patients into rooms, set up injections, dressing changes, cast removals, and stitches and staple removals. To be able to do that you have to have a strong stomach because sometimes that stuff is not to pretty. I didn't have anything that I didn't like. I want to go into that career except I want to go as a RN not a CMA but it is a step. I really didn't uncover some concerns or advantages to this occupation. I received advice about if I really want to do this I need to stick to school. Other occupations would be just your typical LPN, and RN. The work environment was happy and on a busy day fast pace. It all depends on the day how the work environment is going to really look. I do think I would be happy in this occupation because it would be really fun to see all the broken bones and tendon things that come in. I would love to be able to help people like that.

Plans to Reach my Goal

I plan to finish out high school. Figure out what is going on with my life and see if I want to stick around here for college or go to Bemidji. I need to learn to also keep my options open. I want to start out as going for my registered nurse. And maybe later on go back to college and get my Anesthetic nursing license.

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