Registered Nurse

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.

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $26.65/hr
Median: $28.79/hr
Experienced: $33.66/hr

Current Employment
10,426 (2016)

Projected Employment
11,028 (2025)

Growth for Registered Nurses

2015 Jobs2025 JobsChange (2015-2025)% Change (2015-2025)

Industries Employing Registered Nurses

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2016)% of Occupation in Industry (2016)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2016)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals5,95357.1%32.8%
Federal Government, Civilian, Excluding Postal Service8508.2%5.0%
Home Health Care Services7797.5%14.1%
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)7397.1%9.7%
Offices of Physicians (except Mental Health Specialists)7307.0%7.9%

Occupational Tasks

  • Maintain accurate, detailed reports and records.
  • Administer medications to patients and monitor patients for reactions or side effects.
  • Record patients’ medical information and vital signs.
  • Monitor, record, and report symptoms or changes in patients’ conditions.
  • Consult and coordinate with healthcare team members to assess, plan, implement, or evaluate patient care plans.