RNs spend the majority of their time with
patients: listening to them, teaching them,
and sometimes performing tests and providing
treatments. There are many types of positions
available for RNs including:
Nurses provide bedside care to patients
in hospitals and nursing facilities. Over
half of all RNs work in hospital settings,
typically working in a single area such as
surgery, pediatrics, intensive care, or the
emergency room. They work with the patients
and their families, provide care, administer
medications, and record progress.
Nurses work with patients in doctors'
offices and clinics, preparing patients for
the physician, obtaining a medical history
and description of the current ailment, dressing
wounds, and performing some routine lab and/or
office work. They also assist the physician
in performing test and treatment.
Home Nurses provide longer-term care to
patients in nursing homes.
Health Nurses provide care to patients
in their homes. They can assess the needs
of a patient and educate the patient's family
to prepare them to assist in the care of the
Nurses might supervise others, such as Home
Health Aides, Nursing Aides, or Licensed Practical
Level: $10 - 27 / hour ($21 / hour average)
New to Job: $12 - 36 / hour ($25 / hour average)
in Job: $14 - 46 / hour ($30 / hour average)