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Running head: THE PROFESSION OF A REGISTERED NURSE

The Profession of a Registered Nurse


Maria Escalante
ITT- Technical Institute

THE PROFESSION OF A REGISTERED NURSE

Abstract
The Nursing field is an ever-growing field, with an unlimited amount of possibilities. It can be
both rewarding and demanding. Nursing dates back as far as the Middle ages and continues to
grow as a profession, with the growth of technology. There is an increase in demand for
registered nurses, so there will always be a job available. The more educated that you are the
more opportunities are available to you in advancing your career. Becoming a registered nurse is
a profession that you should consider if you enjoying helping people and enjoy a challenge.

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The Profession of a Registered Nurse


Nursing is great for so many reasons, but there is one reason that means more than any
amount of money or job security, nurses make a difference (Unknown). To become a registered
nurse you must have a minimum of an Associates Degree. Some positions in the nursing field
require a Bachelors degree or higher. Those are usually jobs in consulting or teaching. All
states require that you have a valid nursing license. In order to obtain a license to become a
Registered nurse you must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).
Other requirements for licensing vary by state. Certifications are required for specialized fields
of nursing, such a pediatrics. Registered nurse education costs are moderately expensive. Twoyear colleges charge about $75 per nursing credit, while private universities could charge up to
$500 per credit. Nursing tuition can be as much as $75,000 (RN Programs, 2014). The total cost
of the Nursing program at ITT- Tech is about $53,000 with books and fees included. That may
seem like a lot, but once you start working it will be worth it. The average pay for a Registered
nurse is $65,000 per year. This of course goes up with experience, certifications, and position.
Generally hospitals do not require experience to be hired for entry level positions.
Registered nurses have many responsibilities, and work as part of a team with physicians
and other healthcare specialists. Registered nurses take on many different roles in patient care.
They manage patient care, administer medication and treatments, set up care plans, observe and
record observations of patients, consult with doctors and other healthcare professionals, operate
and monitor medical equipment, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, teach patients
and their families how to manage illnesses or injuries, and explain what to do at home after
treatment (United States Department of Labor, 2015). Registered nurses' duties and titles
depend on where they work and the patients they work with. Some nurses have jobs where they

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do not work directly with patients, but still need an active registered nurse license. They can be
nurse educators, healthcare consultants, public policy advisors, researchers, and hospital
administrators. Registered nurses may also run general health screenings, immunization clinics,
blood drives, or other outreach programs (United States Department of Labor, 2015).
There is so many different things you can do with a RN license. The nursing field is
something that I would recommend to anyone who wants a career that can potentially open many
doors, and has room for advancement. This is a profession for those who bore easily or are tired
of doing the same thing on a daily basis. If you get tired of the department you are in you can
always transfer to a different one. You would have a completely different experience without
having to get a different degree. Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19
percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. The increased demand
for nurses is due to an increase in preventative care, chronic conditions and illnesses, healthcare
services from the baby boomer population, as they live longer and more active lives (United
States Department of Labor, 2015). Due to this there is job security in the nursing field and you
should have no trouble finding employment after getting your license. If you enjoy helping
others nursing is for you. Being a registered nurse is definitely a rewarding profession, but very
demanding. Registered nurses put themselves at risk to exposure of diseases when providing
care for the ill. There is no room for error in this profession. One mistake could cause the death
of a patient. Which could result in severe consequences such as lawsuits or the loss of your
license. This can be stressful. The workloads can also become stressful. You work long hours.
Some hospitals have mandatory overtime. Which could be an issue for those with children. This
profession can also be physically demanding. You are required to be on your feet for long
periods of time, lots of bending when tending to your patients, and some heavy lifting when

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transporting or assisting patients. For some the cost of education and the work you must put in
to obtain your nursing license may be too much. It is not a profession for all.

PROS

CONS

Great Pay (About


65,470/yr.)

Stressful Environment

Job Opportunities
faster than average

Long
hours(mandatory
overtime)
The time and cost of
education

Sense of Purpose, Ability


to help others
Opportunities for
Growth(Promotions)

Health Risks (Coming


in contact with
diseases)

Like most jobs there are always pros and cons, but in my opinion the pros outweigh the
cons. You have a lifelong career in becoming a Registered nurse. When you can no longer do
the physical side of the job then you can always resort to teaching nursing. Nursing is a fast
growing profession do to the high demand of nurses. Why not have a career that is rewarding,
that challenges your knowledge and skills, one that is always changing so you cant get bored,
and that you enjoy? Not to mention the job security and benefits that come with becoming a
registered nurse, but saving lives is also rewarding.

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References
RN Programs. (2014). Program Costs. Retrieved from RN Programs.org:
http://www.rnprograms.org/rn-program-cost/
United States Department of Labor. (2015). Occupational Outlook Handbook: Registered
Nurses. Retrieved from Bureau of Labor Statistics:
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm#tab-1