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Earnings Potential

  • The salary of a Staff Nurse-RN is on average $58,777 per year.
  • A typical salary for Staff Nurse-RN-Research is $62,850 per year.
  • The salary of Staff Nurse-RN-Pediatrics is around $55,490

Facts at a glance

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurses constitute the largest health care occupation, with 2.4 million jobs.
  • About 3 out of 5 jobs are in hospitals.
  • The three major educational paths to registered nursing are a bachelor’s degree, an associate degree, and a diploma from an approved nursing program.
  • Registered nurses are projected to create the second largest number of new jobs among all occupations; job opportunities in most specialties and employment settings are expected to be excellent, with some employers reporting difficulty in attracting and retaining enough RNs.

Summary of what this career entails

Registered nurses (RNs), regardless of specialty or work setting, perform basic duties that include treating patients, educating patients and the public about various medical conditions, and providing advice and emotional support to patients’ family members. RNs record patients’ medical histories and symptoms help to perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, operate medical machinery, administer treatment and medications, and help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation.

Examples and or details of work

According to, in 2007, for the first time in history a Bachelor of Midwifery will be offered at The University of Queensland (UQ) Ipswich Campus. That means that midwifery will be taught ad an undergraduate program rather than a postgraduate nursing qualification.

On April 02, 2006 announced that a journal dedicated to men who work in the field of nursing, Men in Nursing, will be launching. The journal will discuss issues and topics facing men in the nursing field as well as discuss issues addressing clinical, technology, career, and personal areas of the field.

Degrees that lead to this career

Some of the Degrees individuals may attain include:

  • A.S. in Nursing/ Registered Nurse
  • B.S. in Nursing/ Registered Nurse
  • M.S. in Advanced Practice Registered Nursing
  • M.S. in Nursing
  • M.S. in Nursing-Leadership and Management

 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition, Registered Nurses, on the Internet at (visited November 02, 2006). 02 Apr 2006. 02 Nov. 2006. 07 Oct.2006. 02 Nov. 2006. 2000-2006. 02 Nov. 2006.