Larissa Oachs
A career as a Registered Nurse

Career Goal- Registered Nurse

Career Overview

Registered Nurses care for patients who are ill or injured. Most RNs work as a team, doctors and therapists. RNs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, nursing homes, office nurses, home health nurse and public health nurses.

Career Skills and Interests


  • Express ideas clearly when speaking or writing.
  • Listen to others, understand, and ask questions.
  • Read and understand written information.

Reason and Problem Solve

  • Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.
  • Combine several pieces of information and draw conclusions.
  • Use reasoning to discover answers to problems.
  • Analyze ideas and use logic to determine their strengths and weaknesses.

Use Math and Science

  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide quickly and correctly.

Manage Oneself, People, Time, and Things

  • Check how well one is learning or doing something.
  • Go back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information without becoming confused.
  • Manage the time of self and others.

Work with People

  • Be aware of others' reactions and change behavior in relation to them.
  • Look for ways to help people.
  • Teach others how to do something using several methods.

Work with Things

  • Test and inspect products, services, or processes. Evaluate quality or performance.
  • Watch gauges, dials, and output to make sure a machine is working properly.

Perceive and Visualize

  • Identify a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in distracting material.
  • Quickly and accurately compare letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns.

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.
  • Communicate with coworkers and patients daily by telephone or in person.
  • Work in a group or as part of a team.

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.
  • Must meet strict deadlines on a daily basis.


  • 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.

Career wages and Outlook

Wages vary by employer. For example, hospital nurses tend to earn more than nurses in doctors' offices.

Full-time registered nurses generally receive benefits. Typical benefits include paid vacation, sick leave, and health insurance. Many employers also offer child care, education benefits, and bonuses.

Hourly Wage- $33.96

Salary Wage- $70,630

Career Related Occupations

  • Midwives
  • OB/GYN
  • Surgeons
  • Nurse Anesthetists
  • Nurse Practitioners

Program of Study- Registered Nurse

Program Overview

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

Program Admission

  • Take high school course
  • Get good grades because it is a very competitive program
  • Complete official application to nursing programs

Programs Typical Course Work

Abnormal Psychology, Caring for older adults, Growth and Development, Human Anatomy, Nutrition and Reproductive Health

Nursing programs require you to participate in several clinical and laboratory rotations. This means that you work and study in hospitals and medical centers under the supervision of doctors, nurses, and professors.

Related Programs

Advanced Nursing

Nursing Education

Schools that offer this Program


South Central College

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Alexandria Technical and Community College

College Choice
South Central College- North Mankato

College Information

Size and Location- South Central is located in North Mankato, MN and there are about 4,214 undergraduate students that attend South Central College.

Admission Requirements- Deadline for admissions is August 7 for the Fall. Only test required is the accuplacer.

College Expenses- $4,980 Tuition, $519 Fees, $1,251 Books and a $20 Application Fee

Financial Aid- Scholarships below

  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • Privately-sponsored scholarships and grants
  • School-sponsored scholarships and grants
  • State-sponsored scholarships and grants

Housing- Non

Activities- Non

Informational Interview

I interview a Registered nurse from the Mankato Clinic. She told me a lot about what she did and what she did in a typical work day for her. She said that there is a lot of options for a Registered nurse like where to work at. She also gave me advice on schooling that you have to study hard and get good grades.

Plans To Reach Your Goal

I plan to reach my goal by doing job shadowing and doing some type of work in the health care like working at a nursing home while in college and also get my CNA. I will also take all the required courses in high school to learn more before college.