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Registered Nurses

Provide and coordinate patient care, and educate and support patients and families.

Quick Facts

Wages:

Well above the statewide median
$41.96 / hour    Read more about wages

Outlook:

Above statewide average
Growth rate:  9%    Read more about outlook

Education:

Associate's degree is typically required.

On the Job:

Typical Work Tasks
  • Administer basic health care or medical treatments.
  • Administer intravenous medications.
  • Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources.
  • Treat patients using psychological therapies.
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Job Title Examples:

Charge Nurse
Operating Room Registered Nurse (OR RN)
Staff RN (Staff Registered Nurse)

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Wages & Outlook

 

Typical Wages   This career pays well above the median wage.

Wages listed below are for a variety of experience and education levels. Make sure that you research the typical entry-level education and work experience and training requirements for this occupation.

This career: $41.96
Statewide median: $24.25

 

This is a very high-wage career. It pays well above the statewide median wage.


Wages for Registered Nurses *

Area Low Median High
U S
$33.29 $40.55 $50.47
Minnesota
$38.66 $41.96 $51.86
Central Minnesota
$38.14 $41.68 $52.31
Northeast Minnesota
$32.14 $37.92 $41.18
Northwest Minnesota
$34.77 $39.02 $48.44
Southeast Minnesota
$40.42 $41.68 $48.98
Southwest Minnesota
$33.98 $38.80 $46.67
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN
$40.40 $43.82 $52.33

* "Low" indicates 25% of workers earn less and 75% earn more.
"Median" indicates 50% of workers earn less and 50% earn more.
"High" indicates 75% of workers earn less and 25% earn more.

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Employment

In Minnesota, there are 63,800 workers employed in this very large career.

Where do Registered Nurses most often work?

 

Current Demand

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This career is currently in very high demand.

 

Future Demand

This career is seeing high growth compared to other careers.

There will be a need for about 43,201 new Registered Nurses to meet market demand between 2020-2030. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

 

Employment Outlook for Registered Nurses
Area Employment Employment Change
2020 2030 Number Percent
U S 3,080,100 3,356,800 276,800 9%
Minnesota 71,782 76,538 4,756 6.6%
Central Minnesota 6,414 6,791 377 5.9%
Northeast Minnesota 5,270 5,613 343 6.5%
Northwest Minnesota 5,448 5,748 300 5.5%
Southeast Minnesota 14,496 15,466 970 6.7%
Southwest Minnesota 3,698 3,886 188 5.1%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 36,355 38,953 2,598 7.1%



On the Job

 

Registered Nurses assess patient health problems. They develop nursing care plans and maintain medical records. They advise patients and provide direct care. They may also provide emotional support to patients and their families.

 

Typical Work Tasks

People who work in this career often:


Typical Working Conditions

 

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Education & Credentials

 

Educational Requirements

Associate's degree

 

Education level attained (national data)

Education Level Attained (national data)
Education Level AttainedPercentage of workers in this occupation
Less than high school diploma0.3
High school diploma or equivalent0.9
Some college, no degree4.4
Associate degree32.1
Bachelors degree50.5
Masters degree9.7
Doctoral (Ph.D) or professional degree2

 

Work Experience and Training Requirements

Nationally, this career typically requires:

  • No related work experience for entry.
  • Little or no on-the-job training to become competent.

 

Current Training Opportunities


Related Programs

 

Majors

Click on any of the Majors listed below to find out more about preparing for this career.

 

Transfer Options

 

Licenses

Licenses are knowledge and skill credentials that are legally required in some careers.

This occupation requires a license.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Registry
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Verification for DEA Number
Approval of Professional (Registered) Nursing Programs
Border State Registry
Home Care
Public Health Nurse Registration Certificate
Registered Nurse (RN)

 

Helpful High School Courses

Examples of helpful classes that help you prepare for this career:

  • Anatomy
  • Chemistry
  • Community Health
  • Computer Applications
  • Human Development
  • Medical Ethics
  • Nutrition
  • Research Methods
  • Safety and First Aid/CPR
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • World Languages

In Minnesota, your school may have developed a Program of Study in this career area. A Program of Study is an academic and career plan developed by your high school to help move you towards a career and college path. A Program of Study can help you:

  • Select high school classes that prepare you for college and getting a job
  • Understand how the classes you're taking in high school lead to a career
  • Identify extra-curricular activities that are related to your career interest
  • See what classes at your school offer early college credit that will save you time and money towards your college expenses
  • Graduate from high school prepared for your next step toward the career you choose

 

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Skills & Knowledge

 

Most Important Skills for Registered Nurses


 

Most Important Knowledge Areas for Registered Nurses



Interests


Different careers may be a good fit for your personality or interests. This career is:

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Describe Your Skills


People who have worked in this career typically perform the following tasks. These statements can help a prospective employer understand what you can do, on a resume or during an interview.

  • Helping and caring for people.
  • Documenting or recording information.
  • Collecting information from different sources.
  • Making decisions or solving problems.
  • Keeping up-to-date with new knowledge.
  • Organizing, planning, and prioritizing work.
  • Communicating with supervisors, co-workers, or people that work under you.
  • Identifying information by categorizing, comparing, or detecting changes in circumstances or events.

 

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The following careers use skills, knowledge, and abilities that are similar to those used for Registered Nurses.

 

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Job Title Examples


Charge Nurse,  Operating Room Registered Nurse (OR RN),  Staff RN (Staff Registered Nurse),  Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist,  Chief Nurse Anesthetist,  Cardiac Care Unit Nurse (CCU Nurse),  Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR),  Clinical Nurse,  Oncology RN (Oncology Registered Nurse),  Relief Charge Nurse,  Staff Nurse 

 

Where Do Registered Nurses Work?


Registered Nurses often work in the following industries.

 

Similar Careers


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