With the healthcare industry in a state of change, the demand for registered nurses is on the rise. According to employment projections by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for nurses are expected to grow more than 15% through 2026. Registered nurses play an integral role within medical and hospital workplaces as part of an interdisciplinary medical team. Nurses have a wide variety of responsibilities, including observing and recording patient status, operating medical equipment, performing diagnostic tests, developing nursing care plans, treating medical emergencies, administering medications, and supervising licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and certified nurse assistants (CNAs). Nurses should have strong communication and interpersonal skills for working with patients and collaborating with other healthcare professionals. In addition, nurses should have finely tuned critical thinking and problem solving skills to make decisions and develop plans for patient care.
The requirements to become a registered nurse vary. The most comprehensive option is a 4-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), which involves instruction in general science and the nursing practice, as well as supervised clinical experience. Some registered nurses receive Associate Degrees in Nursing (ADNs), 2-year programs that focus on the practical applications of nursing. Less common are Diplomas in Nursing. Many employers require RNs to have BSN degrees, while others require new RN’s without BSN degrees to complete their BSNs soon after hiring. Following completion of an approved nursing program, all states require registered nurses to become licensed before practicing. While the full requirements vary state by state, all states require registered nurses to pass the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
In the dynamic work environment of a hospital or clinic, it’s essential for registered nurses to possess fine-tuned attention to detail, critical thinking ability, and interpersonal skills. One of Criteria Corp’s most popular tests for registered nurses is the Criteria Basic Skills Test (CBST), a basic job readiness test that measures verbal and math skills, attention to detail, grammar, spelling, and communication skills. Another test frequently administered to registered nursing candidates is the Customer Service Aptitude Profile (CSAP), a personality test that evaluates how suited a candidate will be for a job that requires a heavy amount of patient interaction.
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Expected growth rate 2016-2026:
Number employed (2016): 2,955,200
Education level of Registered Nurses (RNs):