Registered Nurse

Registered nurses take care of the sick, but that is only one of the many things we do on a typical shift. We are also social workers helping a patient find affordable medication or a ride home, a doctor’s eyes and ears when he is not at the patient’s bedside, a source of information for family members, and a hand for a patient or family member to hold, to name just a few.


Actual Career: Registered Nurse

Industry:
Healthcare / Health Services
Career Field:
Healthcare
Company Position:
Same as career title
Location:
INDIANA, Southern RegionJob Description:
Registered nurses take care of the sick, but that is only one of the many things we do on a typical shift. We are also social workers helping a patient find affordable medication or a ride home, a doctor’s eyes and ears when he is not at the patient’s bedside, a source of information for family members, and a hand for a patient or family member to hold, to name just a few.
Required Level of Education:
Associate Degree
Actual Level of Education:
Associate’s DegreeField of Study:
Registered Nursing
Name of Educational Institue:
Indiana State University (IN)
Type of Educational Institute:
Public University
Length of Time in Career:
13
Annual Earnings, 1st Year:
20,000-30,000
Annual Earnings, Last Year:
30,000 – 40,000
Weekly Hours:
24
Ordinary Shift:
Weekends
Required Travel Amount:
no traveling

Actual Comments from the holder of this Actual Career

 

How do you feel about this Actual Career?
It feels great knowing that I am helping people and making a difference in their lives. I am fortunate–I have the opportunity to watch new life being brought into the world every day that I work. That is an amazing gift. While not every day is perfect, the majority of them are good and the good days definitely outweigh the bad ones.

Was your degree helpful in your career field?
Yes

In your opinion, what kind of education did you need to get this career?
While I received an Associate Degree in Nursing, I think the majority of programs no longer offer Associate Degrees. Most of them have Bachelor Degree programs as a minimal degree level.

Experience, Skills, Specialized Training, Licenses, or Certifications:
I have worked in many different practice settings–an outpatient clinic, a long term care facility, a hospital operating room, medical-surgical hospital units, and presently work as a postpartum nurse on a hospital labor and delivery unit. I am CPR and Neonatal Recessitation Protocol (NRP). I am a Licensed Registered Nurse in the state of Indiana.

Just one more thing….
I hope that anyone considering a nursing career keeps their options open. Be willing to take a job on a unit that wasn’t your first choice–you might just find that you have a love for that area! The great thing about nursing is that there are so many options, from hours to practice settings. You can work in a new area without having to completely change your career.

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