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Registered Nurse (RN)

Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. 

Quick Facts

This occupation is expected to grow rapidly and is projected to have large numbers of job openings.

BSN or ASN

Typical Required Education

Room for Advancement

Nursing education is designed to support advancement.

$41.23 hourly
$87,840 annual

Average salary rates in NYS.

This career is right for you, if..

You want a fulfilling and rewarding career
You want an active profession that is full of excitement and challenges
You like learning new things on the job every day
You thrive in challenging situations that require problem solving
You want to make a real difference in someone's life

Overview

An RN will assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required.

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Career Information

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Meet RNs

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Education & Training

There are two main types of RN educational programs: 1) a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing (BSN) offered by a college or university, and 2) an associate degree in nursing (ADN) offered by a community college or junior college, sometimes in collaboration with a hospital. 

RN Training Opportunities

Career Pathways

The following careers are great options for people working towards an RN career or looking to advance beyond one. 

Careers you can do to build experience

Direct Support Professional (DSP)

$33,150 per year, $15.94 per hour
High Need

Home Health Aide (HHA)

$33,150 per year, $15.94 per hour
High Need

Medical Assistant

$38,590 per year, $18.55 per hour
High Need

Careers that require a two-year degree

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

$47,050 per year, $22.62 per hour (BLS)*
HIGH NEED

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

$57,750 per year, $27.77 per hour (BLS)*

Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

$60,410 per year, $29.04 per hour (BLS)*

Careers that require more than two-years of education

Nurse Practitioner (NP)

$122,550 per year, $58.91 per hour (NYSDOL)*
HIGH NEED

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