Registered Nurses

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to 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.

Common job titles of Registered Nurses include:

Experience and Education

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.

  • 66.1% said they needed a Associate's Degree.

  • 23.25% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.


    Monitor all aspects of patient care, including diet and physical activity.

    Prepare patients for and assist with examinations or treatments.

    Direct or supervise less-skilled nursing or healthcare personnel or supervise a particular unit.

    Observe nurses and visit patients to ensure proper nursing care.

    Perform administrative or managerial functions, such as taking responsibility for a unit's staff, budget, planning, or long-range goals.

    Inform physician of patient's condition during anesthesia.

    Consult and coordinate with healthcare team members to assess, plan, implement, or evaluate patient care plans.

    Monitor, record, and report symptoms or changes in patients' conditions.

    Maintain accurate, detailed reports and records.

    Record patients' medical information and vital signs.

    Modify patient treatment plans as indicated by patients' responses and conditions.

    Instruct individuals, families, or other groups on topics such as health education, disease prevention, or childbirth and develop health improvement programs.

    Administer medications to patients and monitor patients for reactions or side effects.

    Prepare rooms, sterile instruments, equipment, or supplies and ensure that stock of supplies is maintained.

    Assess the needs of individuals, families, or communities, including assessment of individuals' home or work environments, to identify potential health or safety problems.

    Provide health care, first aid, immunizations, or assistance in convalescence or rehabilitation in locations such as schools, hospitals, or industry.

    Conduct specified laboratory tests.

    Work with individuals, groups, or families to plan or implement programs designed to improve the overall health of communities.

    Direct or coordinate infection control programs, advising or consulting with specified personnel about necessary precautions.

    Hand items to surgeons during operations.

    Refer students or patients to specialized health resources or community agencies furnishing assistance.

    Prescribe or recommend drugs, medical devices, or other forms of treatment, such as physical therapy, inhalation therapy, or related therapeutic procedures.

    Perform physical examinations, make tentative diagnoses, and treat patients en route to hospitals or at disaster site triage centers.

    Order, interpret, and evaluate diagnostic tests to identify and assess patient's condition.

    Consult with institutions or associations regarding issues or concerns relevant to the practice and profession of nursing.

    Engage in research activities related to nursing.

    Provide or arrange for training or instruction of auxiliary personnel or students.

    Administer local, inhalation, intravenous, or other anesthetics.



Vest restraints

Ventricular assist devices VAD



Venous Oxygen Saturation SVO2 monitors

Vacuum extractors

All Tools

Urine analysis equipment

Urinary catheters

Urinalysis test strips

Upper extremity prosthetic devices

Umbilical catheters

Tuberculosis TB skin test equipment

Triple lumen catheters

Transport cardiac monitors

Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment

Traction equipment

Tracheostomy collars

Tracheal suctioning equipment


Torso immobilizers

Titmus vision screeners

Telemetry units

Telemedicine equipment

Tablet computers

T-pieces with aerosol


Swab dryers

Suture removal kits

Suture needles

Suture needleholders

Surgical lights

Surgical drapes

Surgical clamps

Suction equipment

Subcutaneous hypodermic needles

Straight hemostats

Staple removers


Spine boards

Snellen eye charts

Skin traction equipment

Single lumen catheters

Sequential compression devices


Russell’s traction equipment


Reflex hammers

Rape kits

Pulse oximeters

Pulmonary artery catheters

Pocket personal computers PC


Phototherapy equipment

Photopheresis systems

Phaco consoles

Phaco apparatus

Personal computers

Peripheral intravenous IV locks

Peripheral butterflys

Peripheral angiocaths

Percussion hammers

Pelvic traction equipment

Pelvic specula

Patient lifters

Patient controlled analgesia PCA pumps

Partial masks



Oxygen tanks

Oxygen regulators

Oxygen flowmeters

Oxygen administration equipment

Overhead clinical trapezes


Oral suctioning equipment

One-way valve protective shields

Occlusion clamps

Notebook computers

Non-rebreather masks


Nasogastric tubes

Nasal suctioning equipment

Nasal cannulas

Medical tuning forks

Medical encyclopedias

Meconium aspirators

Mechanical stethoscopes

Mechanical lift devices

Mayo trays

Manually operated oxygen supply resuscitators

Manual resuscitation bags

Manual blood pressure monitors


Lukens traps

Lower extremity prosthetic devices

Loop electrosurgical excision procedure LEEP equipment

Limb restraints

Levine tubes

Leather restraints

Laser printers

Laryngoscope blades


Jackson-Pratt drains


Intubation stylets

Intravenous syringe pumps

Intravenous IV tubing

Intravenous IV equipment

Intramuscular needles

Intracranial pressure monitors

Intra-aortic balloon pumps IABP

Intermittent enteral feeding equipment

Insulin pumps

Infusion pump enteral feeding tubes

Infusion control devices

Infant warmers

Infant security sensors

Incentive spirometers

Hyper/hypothermia blankets

Hospital beds

Heparin locks

Hemovac drains


Heelstick blood sampling equipment

Head immobilizers

Grounding pads

Glucose testing equipment

Gastrointestinal GI endoscopes

Gait belts

Flexible sigmoidoscopes

Flash sterilizers

Fetal scalp electrodes

Fetal monitors

Evacuated blood collection tubes

Epidural pumps

Epidural catheters

Enema equipment

Endotracheal ET tubes

Electrosurgical devices

Electronic blood pressure monitors

Electrocardiography EKG units

Double lumen catheters

Doppler pulse measurement devices


Curved hemostats


Cooling blankets

Continuous positive airway pressure CPAP ventilators

Continuous passive motion CPM machines

Continuous enteral feeding equipment

Computerized electrocardiography EKG and hemodynamic monitoring systems


Colonoscopy equipment

Chemotherapy spill kits

Cervical traction equipment

Cervical collars


Cardiac monitors

Cardiac monitor electrodes

Capillary glucose monitors


Bucks traction equipment

Blood warming equipment

Blood collection needles

Bladder irrigation equipment

Binocular light compound microscopes


Bilevel positive airway pressure BiPAP ventilators

Bed scales

Balanced suspension traction equipment

Bag-valve masks

Autotransfusion systems

Automated medicine dispensing equipment



Arterial line catheters

Arterial blood gas testing equipment

Aqua K pads

Apnea monitors

Anti-embolism elastic stockings



Data entry software

Epic Systems

Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS


Medical condition coding software

MEDITECH software

Microsoft SharePoint

All Technologies

Oracle Taleo

Allscripts Misys Healthcare Systems

Allscripts Sunrise Clinical Manager

Diagnostic and procedural coding software

DoctorsPartner EMR

Drug guide software

Electronic medical record EMR software

FileMaker Pro


Human resource management software HRMS

Kronos Workforce Timekeeper

Medical procedure coding software


Per-Se Technologies ORSOS One-Call


Prognosis Innovation Healthcare ChartAccess

QuadraMed Affinity Healthcare Information System

Siemens SIENET Sky


Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Teaching others how to do something.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Identify and understand the speech of another person.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Recognition

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

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