Registered Nurses


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+7.2% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's degree


What Registered Nurses Do

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.

Other Job Titles Registered Nurses May Have

Certified Operating Room Nurse (CNOR), Charge Nurse, Emergency Department RN (Emergency Department Registered Nurse), Oncology RN (Oncology Registered Nurse), Operating Room Registered Nurse (OR RN), Psychiatric RN (Psychiatric Registered Nurse), Relief Charge Nurse, School Nurse, Staff Nurse, Staff RN (Staff Registered Nurse)

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Registered Nurse ,

Harris Health Ben Taub Hospital

Every day is different. My days typically start with a shift huddle which is a meeting between all of the nurses, the charge nurse, and our manager to go over the status of the department and our roles for the day. I care for a mixture of medical and trauma patients with interesting and complex medical situations. Some days are really busy and others are calm, but I have to be ready to go at all times.

Nurse ,

Nurse-Family Partnership

I may begin at the office or field. If I start at the office, I check my email, update my calendar, prep my patient charts, and call patients. Then I head to home visits. I drive throughout the city doing home visits for 3-4 patients. Every home visit is completely different due to the varying lives my patients live. Every patient is unique but they all have one thing in common: they are first-time moms. My job is to guide them in achieving goals and becoming healthy for the baby and themselves.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Record patients' medical information and vital signs.
  • Maintain accurate, detailed reports and records.
  • Monitor, record, and report symptoms or changes in patients' conditions.
  • Consult and coordinate with healthcare team members to assess, plan, implement, or evaluate patient care plans.
  • Direct or supervise less-skilled nursing or healthcare personnel or supervise a particular unit.

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