Registered Nurses
SOC: 29-1141.00

Description:

Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
2,751,000 employed

Projected (2024):
3,190,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Ambulatory Care Coordinator
  • Cardiac Care Unit Nurse (CCU Nurse)
  • Cardiac Nurse Specialist
  • Case Manager
  • Central Supply Nurse
  • Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR)
  • Charge Nurse
  • Circulating Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Clinical Supervisor
  • Community Health Nurse
  • Community Health Nurse Supervisor
  • Consultant Nurse
  • Consulting Nurse
  • Coronary Care Unit Nurse (CCU Nurse)
  • County Nurse
  • Delivery Room Supervisor
  • Dialysis Registered Nurse (Dialysis RN)
  • Director of Nursing (DON)
  • Discharge Planner
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Emergency Department RN (Emergency Department Registered Nurse)
  • Emergency Room Nurse
  • Emergency Room RN
  • Endoscopy RN (Endoscopy Registered Nurse)
  • Evening or Night Nurse Supervisor
  • Field Nurse
  • Floor Supervisor
  • Forensic Nurse
  • General Duty Nurse
  • Genetics Nurse
  • Geriatric Care Manager
  • Head Nurse
  • Health Care Coordinator
  • Health Unit Supervisor
  • Home Health RN (Home Health Registered Nurse)
  • Hospice Registered Nurse
  • Industrial Nurse
  • Industrial Registered Nurse
  • Industrial Staff Nurse
  • Infection Control Nurse
  • Intensive Care Unit Nurse (ICU Nurse)
  • Intensive Care Unit Registered Nurse (ICU RN)
  • Lactation Consultant
  • Legal Nurse Consultant
  • Life Care Planner
  • Maternity Floor Supervisor
  • Maternity Nurse
  • Medical/Surgery Registered Nurse (Med/Surg RN)
  • Mid Wife
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Registered Nurse (NICU RN)
  • Neonatal Nurse
  • Nephrology Nurse
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse Case Manager
  • Nurse Clinician
  • Nurse Consultant
  • Nurse Coordinator
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Receptionist
  • Nurse Technician
  • Nurses Supervisor
  • OB/GYN Nurse (Obstetrics/Gynecology Nurse)
  • Obstetrical Nurse
  • Obstetrics Nurse (OB Nurse)
  • Obstetrics Scrub Nurse (OB Scrub Nurse)
  • Occupational Health Nurse
  • Occupational Health Nurse Supervisor
  • Occupational Nurse
  • Oncology Nurse
  • Oncology RN (Oncology Registered Nurse)
  • Operating Room Nurse
  • Operating Room Registered Nurse (OR RN)
  • Patient Care Coordinator
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Pediatric Oncology Nurse
  • Perianesthesia Nurse
  • Perinatal Nurse
  • Perioperative Nurse
  • Physical Therapy Nurse
  • Post Anesthesia Care Unit Registered Nurse (PACU Nurse)
  • Post Anesthesia Room Nurse
  • Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Nurse
  • Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Registered Nurse (PACU RN)
  • Prenatal Nurse
  • Private Duty Nurse
  • Psychiatric Nurse
  • Psychiatric Registered Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse (PHN)
  • Public Health Staff Nurse
  • Receptionist Nurse
  • Recovery Room Nurse
  • Registered Health Nurse
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Registered Nurse Supervisor
  • Registered Private Duty Nurse
  • Registered Public Health Nurse
  • Relief Charge Nurse
  • RN BSN (Registered Nurse Bachelor of Science in Nursing)
  • School Nurse
  • Scrub Nurse
  • Special Duty Nurse
  • Staff Nurse
  • Staff RN (Staff Registered Nurse)
  • Student Nurse
  • Supervisor Nurse
  • Surgical First Assistant
  • Surgical Nurse
  • Surgical Supervisor
  • Telephone Triage Nurse
  • Transverse Abdominal Muscle Nurse (TRAM Nurse)
  • Trauma Nurse
  • Traveling Nurse
  • Triage Register Nurse
  • Visiting Nurse
  • Ward Nurse
  • Ward Supervisor
  • X Ray Nurse


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Maintain accurate, detailed reports and records.
  • Monitor, record, and report symptoms or changes in patients' conditions.
  • Record patients' medical information and vital signs.
  • Modify patient treatment plans as indicated by patients' responses and conditions.
  • Consult and coordinate with healthcare team members to assess, plan, implement, or evaluate patient care plans.
  • Order, interpret, and evaluate diagnostic tests to identify and assess patient's condition.
  • Monitor all aspects of patient care, including diet and physical activity.
  • Direct or supervise less-skilled nursing or healthcare personnel or supervise a particular unit.
  • Prepare patients for and assist with examinations or treatments.
  • Observe nurses and visit patients to ensure proper nursing care.
  • Assess the needs of individuals, families, or communities, including assessment of individuals' home or work environments, to identify potential health or safety problems.
  • Instruct individuals, families, or other groups on topics such as health education, disease prevention, or childbirth and develop health improvement programs.
  • Prepare rooms, sterile instruments, equipment, or supplies and ensure that stock of supplies is maintained.
  • Inform physician of patient's condition during anesthesia.
  • Administer local, inhalation, intravenous, or other anesthetics.
  • Provide health care, first aid, immunizations, or assistance in convalescence or rehabilitation in locations such as schools, hospitals, or industry.
  • Perform physical examinations, make tentative diagnoses, and treat patients en route to hospitals or at disaster site triage centers.
  • Conduct specified laboratory tests.
  • Hand items to surgeons during operations.
  • Prescribe or recommend drugs, medical devices, or other forms of treatment, such as physical therapy, inhalation therapy, or related therapeutic procedures.
  • Direct or coordinate infection control programs, advising or consulting with specified personnel about necessary precautions.
  • Perform administrative or managerial functions, such as taking responsibility for a unit's staff, budget, planning, or long-range goals.
  • Provide or arrange for training or instruction of auxiliary personnel or students.
  • Refer students or patients to specialized health resources or community agencies furnishing assistance.
  • Consult with institutions or associations regarding issues or concerns relevant to the practice and profession of nursing.
  • Work with individuals, groups, or families to plan or implement programs designed to improve the overall health of communities.
  • Engage in research activities related to nursing.
  • Administer medications to patients and monitor patients for reactions or side effects.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Angiocaths
  • Anti-embolism elastic stockings
  • Apnea monitors
  • Aqua K pads
  • Arterial blood gas testing equipment
  • Arterial line catheters
  • Audiometers
  • Autoclaves
  • Automated medicine dispensing equipment
  • Autotransfusion systems
  • Bag-valve masks
  • Balanced suspension traction equipment
  • Bed scales
  • Bilevel positive airway pressure BiPAP ventilators
  • Bilimeters
  • Binocular light compound microscopes
  • Bladder irrigation equipment
  • Blood collection needles
  • Blood warming equipment
  • Bucks traction equipment
  • Canes
  • Capillary glucose monitors
  • Cardiac monitor electrodes
  • Cardiac monitors
  • Centrifuges
  • Cervical collars
  • Cervical traction equipment
  • Chemotherapy spill kits
  • Colonoscopy equipment
  • Colposcopes
  • Computerized electrocardiography EKG and hemodynamic monitoring systems
  • Continuous enteral feeding equipment
  • Continuous passive motion CPM machines
  • Continuous positive airway pressure CPAP ventilators
  • Cooling blankets
  • Crutches
  • Curved hemostats
  • Defibrillators
  • Doppler pulse measurement devices
  • Double lumen catheters
  • Electrocardiography EKG units
  • Electronic blood pressure monitors
  • Electrosurgical devices
  • Endotracheal ET tubes
  • Enema equipment
  • Epidural catheters
  • Epidural pumps
  • Evacuated blood collection tubes
  • Fetal monitors
  • Fetal scalp electrodes
  • Flash sterilizers
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopes
  • Gait belts
  • Gastrointestinal GI endoscopes
  • Glucose testing equipment
  • Grounding pads
  • Head immobilizers
  • Heelstick blood sampling equipment
  • Hemostats
  • Hemovac drains
  • Heparin locks
  • Hospital beds
  • Hyper/hypothermia blankets
  • Incentive spirometers
  • Infant security sensors
  • Infant warmers
  • Infusion control devices
  • Infusion pump enteral feeding tubes
  • Insulin pumps
  • Intermittent enteral feeding equipment
  • Intra-aortic balloon pumps IABP
  • Intracranial pressure monitors
  • Intramuscular needles
  • Intravenous IV equipment
  • Intravenous IV tubing
  • Intravenous syringe pumps
  • Intubation stylets
  • Isolettes
  • Jackson-Pratt drains
  • Lancets
  • Laryngoscope blades
  • Laser printers
  • Leather restraints
  • Levine tubes
  • Limb restraints
  • Loop electrosurgical excision procedure LEEP equipment
  • Lower extremity prosthetic devices
  • Lukens traps
  • Manometers
  • Manual blood pressure monitors
  • Manual resuscitation bags
  • Manually operated oxygen supply resuscitators
  • Mayo trays
  • Mechanical lift devices
  • Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Meconium aspirators
  • Medical encyclopedias
  • Medical tuning forks
  • Nasal cannulas
  • Nasal suctioning equipment
  • Nasogastric tubes
  • Nebulizers
  • Non-rebreather masks
  • Notebook computers
  • Occlusion clamps
  • One-way valve protective shields
  • Oral suctioning equipment
  • Otoscopes
  • Overhead clinical trapezes
  • Oxygen administration equipment
  • Oxygen flowmeters
  • Oxygen regulators
  • Oxygen tanks
  • Oxyhoods
  • Pacemakers
  • Partial masks
  • Patient controlled analgesia PCA pumps
  • Patient lifters
  • Pelvic specula
  • Pelvic traction equipment
  • Percussion hammers
  • Peripheral angiocaths
  • Peripheral butterflys
  • Peripheral intravenous IV locks
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Phaco apparatus
  • Phaco consoles
  • Photopheresis systems
  • Phototherapy equipment
  • Pleuravacs
  • Pocket personal computers PC
  • Pulmonary artery catheters
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Rape kits
  • Reflex hammers
  • Retractors
  • Russell's traction equipment
  • Scalpels
  • Sequential compression devices
  • Single lumen catheters
  • Skin traction equipment
  • Snellen eye charts
  • Spine boards
  • Splints
  • Staple removers
  • Straight hemostats
  • Subcutaneous hypodermic needles
  • Suction equipment
  • Surgical clamps
  • Surgical drapes
  • Surgical lights
  • Suture needleholders
  • Suture needles
  • Suture removal kits
  • Swab dryers
  • Syringes
  • T-pieces with aerosol
  • Tablet computers
  • Telemedicine equipment
  • Telemetry units
  • Titmus vision screeners
  • Torso immobilizers
  • Tourniquets
  • Tracheal suctioning equipment
  • Tracheostomy collars
  • Traction equipment
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment
  • Transport cardiac monitors
  • Triple lumen catheters
  • Tuberculosis TB skin test equipment
  • Umbilical catheters
  • Upper extremity prosthetic devices
  • Urinalysis test strips
  • Urinary catheters
  • Urine analysis equipment
  • Vacutainer sleeves
  • Vacutainer tubes
  • Vacuum extractors
  • Venous Oxygen Saturation SVO2 monitors
  • Ventilators
  • Ventimasks
  • Ventricular assist devices VAD
  • Vest restraints
  • Walkers
  • Data entry software
  • Diagnostic and procedural coding software
  • DoctorsPartner EMR
  • Drug guide software
  • Eclipsys software
  • Eclipsys Sunrise Clinical Manager
  • Electronic medical record EMR software
  • Epic Systems software
  • Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS software
  • HMS software
  • Human resource management software HRMS
  • IBM Notes
  • IDX Systems software
  • Kronos Workforce Timekeeper
  • MCG software
  • Medical condition coding software
  • Medical procedure coding software
  • MEDITECH software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft SharePoint software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Misys Healthcare Systems Misys CPR
  • Misys Healthcare Systems Misys HomeCare
  • Misys Healthcare Systems software
  • PCC EHR
  • Per-Se Technologies ORSOS One-Call
  • QuadraMed Affinity Healthcare Information System
  • Siemens SIENET Sky


  • healthcare practitioners and technical


    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800