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HES 172

Justin Parag

Educational Requirements:

Career Overview:

• Record and Analyze Patient Conditions (Blood Pressure, Temperature, and Respiration Rates) • Keep Track of Updating Patient Medical Records• Create Plans for Patient Care• Observe and Record Patient Symptoms• Prepare and Perform Tests on Patients• Operate Various Medical Equipment• Educate Patients on Health and Conditions• Discuss Treatment with Patient, Families, and Physician• Collaborate with other Nurses, Physicians, and Healthcare Professionals as a TeamIf I had to describe this career to someone I would say... the goal of a nurse is to provide care, support, and education to the patient to the best of their ability.

There are 3 educational options one could take to become a registered nurse...High school diploma (or equivalent is required) 1. Obtain a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN)- Offers best career opportunities & salary- Takes 4 years to complete (unless accelerated program)- Costs roughly $102, 352 for 4 years at a public institution 2. Obtain an Associates Degree in Nursing (ASN)- Takes 2-3 years to complete- Costs less than BSN at $5100 for 2 years at a community college3. Diploma of Nursing- 2 years or less- flexible work schedule- Costs roughly $5000No graduate, post-graduate education, pre-entrance exams, or research required.

Certifications, Licentures, and National Exams:

"NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure EXamination-Registered Nurse). All Boards of Nursing in states and territories of the United States require candidates to pass this exam for licensure as a Registered Nurse" (How to Become a Registered Nurse, 2013).• NCLEX-RN costs $200• 74.41% pass rate for all candidates • 84.28% for first-time, US educated candidates

Career Settings:

- General and Government Hospitals- Physician Offices- Home Healthcare Companies- Nursing Care Facilities- Universities- Community Centers- Schools- Correctional Facilities Does not change job settings frequently or work in several job settings simultaneously,

Job Placement:

- Held 2.7 Million Jobs in 2012- Job Growth of 19% 2012-2022 (average is 11% for all occupations)- Demand increasing as average of US population increases- Unemployment Rate of 2.0%


- Entry level salary varies but averages about $45,000- Peak Salary is roughly $100,000- Median Salary of $65,470- San Jose, California pays the highest salary - Raises are based on hours worked, typically receive a small raise every year

Career Advancements:

- Very little advancement opportunities except becoming a head nurse (more managerial duties & may require graduate degree)- Average Retirement Age of 55- 30-35 years is the typical length someone remains in the career

Continued Education:

- Every state has its own requirements to license renewnal (typically contact hours)- In NJ registered nurses are required to do 30 contact hours every 2 years- Contact hours can be gained through classroom learning and online sites (often free)


- Fantastic Job Security (increasing # of jobs)- Flexible Work Schedule- Rewarding Mentally (Making a Difference)- Geographically Flexible (Nurses are needed everywhere)- Employee Benefits


- Physically and Emotionally Taxing - Long & Irregular Hours - Very Little Career Advancement - Salary Cieling - Potentially Dangerous Work Conditions


I believe people should strongly consider a career in nursing. The demand for nurses is incredible and only growing stronger. If one can get over the physical and emotion tax the job entails then it is a perfect profession. There is also very little costs in becoming a registered nurse.


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