Registered nurses care for patients, providing them with treatment, counseling and
education. RNs work closely with a patient’s physicians and other health professionals,
as part of the health care team. Depending on their area of specialization and work
setting, RNs perform some or all of the following:
• develop and implement individualized plans for a patient’s care.
• monitor and record patients’ needs and changing conditions.
• administer prescribed medications and treatments.
• educate individuals on self-care, including maintaining health and
• conduct health screening tests and procedures.
• direct and supervise other nursing personnel.
Registered nurses are sought in a wide variety of work settings: hospitals, physicians’ offices, industrial and corporate sites, clinics, government or community health agencies, nursing homes, hospices or patients’ homes. RNs also may choose to pursuecareers in health administration, teaching, utilization review, consulting, research andmany other specialties.
Average Salary Range
$30,000 – $60,000
Students intending to pursue a career as a registered nurse should take challenging courses in science, math and English, including advanced placement courses. Educational preparation to be a registered nurse is offered in three different types of programs in Virginia: four-year colleges offering baccalaureate degrees; community and junior colleges offering associate degrees; and hospital-based schools offering diplomas. Graduates of all three programs are eligible to take the national licensure exam to become a registered nurse. A baccalaureate degree is required to enter graduate programs in nursing, which prepare advanced practice nurses, nursing administrators and nurse educators.
American Nurses Association
(202) 651-7000 or (800) 274-4262