US (RN) Registered Nurse’s Salary, Role and Responsibilities

REGISTERED NURSE (RN) 

Registered Nurse provides and coordinates patient care, educate patient. They provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

SALARY IN UNITED STATES

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics (United States), the median annual salary or wages for Registered nurse $70,000 in May 2017. The lowest earnings of Registered Nurse are $48,690 and highest earnings are more than $104,100.

Top Industries in United States, Registered Nurse’s Salary (annual)

  1. Government – $75,900
  2. Hospitals – state, local and private – $72, 070
  3. Ambulatory Healthcare Services – $66,300
  4. Nursing and Residential Care facilities – $62,320
  5. Educational Services – State, Local and Private – $60,300.

ROLE AND RESPONSBILITIES

  • Assess patients’ conditions
  • Record patients’ medical histories and symptoms
  • Observe patients and record the observations
  • Administer patients’ medicines and treatments
  • Set up plans for patients’ care or contribute information to existing plans
  • Consult and collaborate with doctors and other healthcare professionals
  • Operate and monitor medical equipment
  • Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze the results
  • Teach patients and their families how to manage illnesses or injuries
  • Explain what to do at home after treatment

NATURE OF WORK

Most nurse work as part of a team with physician and other health professionals. Few registered nurses have opportunity to oversee licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants and home health sides.

Registered nurses role and duties will be defined based on where they work and the patients they work with. Depending upon areas of practice, registered nurses can work either in single department or multiple departments in hospital. Their work nature will be depend on area of practice, if registered nurses are expertise in one or more practice, their role will be extended to multiple departments.

Sources (BLS, UNITED STATES)

Addiction nurses care for patients who need help to overcome addictions to alcohol, drugs, and other substances.

Cardiovascular nurses care for patients with heart disease and people who have had heart surgery.

Critical care nurses work in intensive-care units in hospitals, providing care to patients with serious, complex, and acute illnesses and injuries that need very close monitoring and treatment.

Genetics nurses provide screening, counseling, and treatment for patients with genetic disorders, such as cystic fibrosis.

Neonatology nurses take care of newborn babies.

Nephrology nurses care for patients who have kidney-related health issues stemming from diabetes, high blood pressure, substance abuse, or other causes.

Public health nurses promote public health by educating people on warning signs and symptoms of disease or managing chronic health conditions. They may also run health screenings, immunization clinics, blood drives, or other community outreach programs.

Rehabilitation nurses care for patients with temporary or permanent disabilities.

Clinical Nurse Specialists – it’s come under Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRNs). Clinical Nurse Specialists can work in multiple specialties. They can provide both direct and indirect care. Indirect care has leadership roles, they may educate and offer advice to other nursing staff.

Nurse Educators,

Healthcare Consultants,

Public Policy Advisors,

Researchers,

Hospital Administrators,

Salespeople for pharmaceutical and medical supply companies,

Medical writers and Editors.

Registered Nurse - Salary and Roles

List of Working Place where Registered Nurse can be employed

  1. Hospitals – government and Private.
  2. Ambulatory healthcare services
  3. Nursing and residential care facilities
  4. Government
  5. Educational services – Government and Private.

Ambulatory healthcare services includes physician’s office, home healthcare and outpatients care centers.

Government sector includes nursing military services. Travel nurses can provide care in patient homes and Public health nurses may work in community centers, schools and other places.

Qualification to Become Registered Nurse

  1. Bachelor of Science Degree (BSN) in Nursing (OR)
  1. Associate Degree in Nursing (OR)
  1. Diploma in Nursing.

To practice as registered nurse, nurse need to be licensed by state or nursing council.

Qualification for Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS)

Clinical Nurse Specialists must have master degree in nursing and have one or two years experience as a Registered Nurse. To conduct research, CNS needs a doctoral degree in Nursing.

Licensure Examination

Nurse need to pass licensure examination to work as registered nurses. For examples, in United States – Nurses need to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX – RN). Every country has different licensure examination, if nurse prefer to work in particular country, they need pass the examination to be qualified as Registered Nurses.

Certifications

In addition to Licensure Examination, registered nursing positions may require certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), basic life support (BLS) certification, and/or advanced cardiac life support (ACLS). 

Clinical Nurse Specialists need to earn specialty certification from state board of nursing.

PROMOTIONS

For promotions, nurse need to have good experience, good exposure to clinical skills and continuous education. In management, nurse can climb up to higher positions.

Assistant Clinical Nurse Manager

Charge Nurse

Head Nurse

Assistant Director of Nursing

Director of Nursing

Vice President of Nursing

Chief Nursing Officer.

 

Registered Nurse to Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives or Nurse Practitioners

Registered Nurse can become Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives and Nurse Practitioners. These are advanced nursing practice (APRNs). APRNs need to have master degree or doctoral degree in nursing. APRNs can provide primary and specialty care and may prescribe medications to patients.

Researchers

Registered Nurses can be researchers in colleges and Universities. They need to have doctoral degree in Nursing (PhD) to conduct research in Nursing field.

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