If you have ever been treated in a hospital, clinic or outpatient facility, chances are you have interacted with a Registered Nurse (RN). Registered Nurses perform a variety of medical and administrative functions involving patient care and treatment. With so many career options in healthcare to choose from, Registered Nursing continues to be one of the top 10 growing healthcare professions in the country (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook). So, let’s take a closer look at Registered Nursing and see if we can answer the question: “How Much Does a Registered Nurse (RN) Make?”
What Does a Registered Nurse (RN) Do?
Working as part of an overall healthcare team, Registered Nurses can find themselves coordinating patient care, educating patients and family members about health conditions and providing emotional support to patients and family members before, during, and after healthcare procedures.
RN duties typically involve:
- Recording medical history and symptoms of patients
- Administering and instructing patients on prescribed medicines
- Assisting with patient care plans
- Observing, recording, and reporting patient conditions
- Consulting with doctors and other healthcare professionals
- Operating and monitoring healthcare equipment
- Instructing patient and family members on how to manage illness or injuries
- Other healthcare-related duties depending on location, facility, and job duties
What’s the Job Outlook for Registered Nursing?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, the job outlook for Registered Nursing is expected to grow 19% from 2012 through 2022. That’s 8% faster than all occupations combined! An aging population that is declining in health, combined with an overall population that has more access to healthcare than at any time in history, will drive and sustain the growth of the healthcare industry and the need for registered nurses and other healthcare professionals for the foreseeable future. Add that to the fact the hospital administrators and insurance companies are always trying to lower cost, and Registered Nurses find themselves in a career that is sustainable, rewarding, and that provides career growth opportunities.
How Much Does a Registered Nurse (RN) Make?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook the Median pay for Registered Nurses is $65,470.00 (May 2012). Additionally, the lowest 10% of Registered Nurses earned $45,040.00 and the top 10% of Registered Nurses earned more than $94,720.00.
In addition to good salaries, many employers offer other benefits such as flexible hours, childcare, educational benefits, and bonuses.
How to become a Registered Nurse…
In all states, Registered Nurses must be licensed. To become a licensed Registered Nurse, a candidate must graduate from an approved nursing program and then pass the National Council for Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) exam.
Other requirements for licensing may vary by state and each candidate should fully investigate the requirements in their own state before attempting to become a Registered Nurse. For a starting point and a complete list of contact information for each state, feel free to visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
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