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What Is a Registered Nurse?

Dec 05, 2008

Registered Nurses work in the health care industry. They may be responsible for treating patients, or they may take the role of educating the public about medical issues. RNs can record medical histories of patients, assist with diagnostic testing and can administer treatments and give medications.

Most registered nurses work in a hospital setting, and can be responsible for many tasks, including the supervision of other nurses. As an RN you can choose to specialize in a certain discipline, such as emergency care or critical care.

To become an RN you must complete either an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or obtain a nursing diploma. Before becoming registered/licensed you must also pass a national licensing exam. The average salary in 2008 for a registered nurse was $62,450 – but there are opportunities to earn more as an advanced practice nurse or by specializing in a specific field of care.

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