Registered Nurse RN jobs & specialties

A registered nurse (RN) provides comprehensive and compassionate healthcare to patients, administering treatments, monitoring vital signs, and collaborating with the healthcare team to ensure optimal patient outcomes. Nurses make up the largest healthcare profession in the United States, with over four million registered nurses nationwide.

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In-demand RN specialties

Specialties in nursing play a vital role in the healthcare system by providing specialized care and expertise to patients with specific medical needs. These nursing specialties offer an avenue for nurses to focus on particular areas, such as pediatrics, critical care, oncology, mental health, and more. Some in-demand nursing specialties include:
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Working as a Registered Nurse

To become a registered nurse, individuals typically need to complete a nursing program and earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree or an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from an accredited nursing school. After completing their education, aspiring RNs must pass a licensing examination, the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), to obtain their nursing license. Nurses wishing to specialize in an area may require additional nursing certifications.

Registered nurses have a wide range of responsibilities, including:

  • Assessing and observing patients' health conditions and symptoms.
  • Administering medications and treatments as prescribed by physicians.
  • Performing diagnostic tests and analyzing the results.
  • Collaborating with other healthcare professionals to develop and implement patient care plans.
  • Monitoring and recording patients' medical histories and progress.
  • Providing emotional support and education to patients and their families.
  • Assisting in medical procedures and surgeries.
  • Advocating for patients' rights and healthcare needs.
  • Promoting health and preventing illness through patient education and community outreach.
  • Engaging in continuing education to stay up-to-date on the latest developments and industry standards in healthcare.
RNs can work in various healthcare settings, such as hospitals, outpatient centers, clinics, nursing homes, schools, and community health centers. Throughout their nursing careers they may specialize in specific areas of healthcare, such as pediatrics, critical care, oncology, or mental health, among others. The role of a registered nurse requires strong critical thinking, communication, and interpersonal skills, as well as a commitment to providing compassionate and evidence-based care to patients.
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RN jobs near you by state

Nurses are typically eligible to work in the state or states where they hold an active nursing license. Nurses can often obtain licensure in multiple states through methods like endorsement or compact licensure agreements. Find nursing jobs in your desired state below: