Why Become a Nurse?

Nurses are vital members of a patient’s healthcare team, often having the most patient interaction. Nursing is an emotionally-fulfilling and rewarding career that blends science and technology with the art of caring and compassion. Individuals who excel in nursing may have many of the following interests and skills:

Nursing careers have many advantages, including:

  1. Internet Research: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, what is the job outlook for registered nurses?

The Journey to Becoming a Nurse

After deciding to become a nurse, you need to determine which educational path to pursue:

To become a registered nurse, after completing an ADN or BSN degree, you must pass the national licensing examination (NCLEX-RN). After passing the NCLEX-RN certification your state may also require continuing education units (CEUs) over the years to maintain your license.

  1. Internet Research: Research a local college/university/school with a medical program to become a registered nurse. Provide the following information:
    • School location
    • Length of program/degree

  2. Internet Research: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, what is the current median pay of a registered nurse?

The Responsibilities of a Nurse

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

Registered nurses typically do the following:
  1. On Your Own: Using the list above, identify which responsibilities benefit the patient and which responsibilities benefit other members of the healthcare team.