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Registered Nurse

– Registered Nurse

To be a successful Registered Nurse you should…

  • be compassionate and caring
  • have excellent leadership and organizational skillsg_RegNurs
  • have excellent communication skills
  • have good physical and emotional stability
  • be able to deal with a variety of people
  • have the ability to note slight change
  • have an understanding of computers and technology
  • have the ability to analyze problems
  • be flexible and able to multi-task

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What will my job be like?

Nurses care for the whole person, including physical, emotional, psychological, social, and spiritual human responses to the range of health issues. Often they care for the ill or injured, but they are also involved in education and other health-promoting activities for patients, families, and communities. Usually nurses work as part of a larger team including physicians, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, social workers, and other health care practitioners. RN’s directs and supervise nursing support personnel. They monitor their patients’ conditions, give medications, and provide treatment prescribed by physicians or advanced practice nurses.

Nurses can work in a variety of settings and with various populations such as infants, children, women, or the elderly. They may also work with special groups of patients such as those requiring dialysis (kidney machines), rehabilitation, or the mentally disabled.

Hospital Nurses form the largest group of nurses. They may work on general surgical or medical units or in a variety of specialties such as emergency department, pediatrics, operating rooms, maternity, or many types of critical care units.

Outpatient Nurses are a growing group. They may work in institutions in a variety of specialties or in private offices.

Geriatric/Gerontology Nurses are interested in caring for older adults. They can choose positions in varying levels of care including nursing homes, adult homes, and day treatment centers.

Home Health Nurses/Visiting Nurses provide periodic services, prescribed by a physician, to patients at home. Community Health Nurses work in government and private agencies; and in clinics, schools, retirement communities, and other community settings.

Occupational Health or Industrial Nurses provide nursing care at worksites to employees, customers, and others with minor injuries and illnesses.

Travel Nurses, with some experience, can work for agencies that offer opportunities all over the country. Assignments last from many weeks to months, and housing is often included.


Where could I work?

Office, occupational health, and public nurses are more likely to work regular business hours. Home health and community health nurses travel to patients’ homes and to schools, community centers, and other sites. Because patients in hospitals and nursing homes require 24-hour care, nurses in these institutions work nights, weekends, and holidays.

Other workplace settings:
  • Ambulatory Care Clinics
  • Birthing Centers
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Government Agencies
  • Health Maintenance Organizations
  • Home Health Care Agencies
  • Hospice Care
  • Industry
  • Insurance Agencies
  • Mental Health Settings
  • Migrant Centers
  • Military
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Physician Offices
  • Prisons
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Research Facilities
  • Residential Care Facilities
  • Schools
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Specialized Outpatient Clinics
  • Urgent Care

What is the average annual salary?

$76,280


What is the future of this career?

Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventative care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby boomer population, as they live longer and more active lives.


What type of education and/or training do I need?

In addition to earning a degree at a state approved RN nursing program, licensure requires passing the National Council Licensure Examination or CGFNS examination if foreign-trained.


Where can I get the education and/or training?

Baccalaureate Programs

  • Central Connecticut State University, New Britain
  • Fairfield University School of Nursing, Fairfield
  • Quinnipiac University, Hamden
  • Sacred Heart University, Fairfield
  • St. Joseph College, West Hartford
  • Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven
  • University of Connecticut School of Nursing, Storrs
  • University of Hartford, West Hartford
  • Western Connecticut State University, Danbury

Associate Programs

  • Capital Community College, Hartford
  • Gateway Community College, New Haven
  • Goodwin College, East Hartford
  • Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport
  • Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury
  • Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Winsted
  • Norwalk Community College, Norwalk
  • St. Vincent’s College, Bridgeport
  • Three Rivers Community College, Norwich

Diploma in Nursing

  • Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing, Bridgeport

Do I need a license or certification for this career?

Licensure is required in the state of Connecticut. In addition to earning a degree at a state approved RN nursing program, licensure requires passing the National Council Licensure Examination or CGFNS examination if foreign-trained.


Where can I get more information?

American Association of Colleges of Nursing
1 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC   20036
202-463-6930
www.aacn.nche.edu

American Nurses Association
8515 Georgia Ave, Suite 400
Silver Spring, MD   20910
800-274-4ANA
www.ana.org

National League for Nursing
The Watergate, 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC   20037
800-669-1656
www.nln.org