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Registered Nurses

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

Quick Facts


Well above the statewide median
$38.16 / hour    Read more about wages


Well above statewide average
Growth rate:  12.1%    Read more about outlook


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: $38.16
Statewide median: $21.49


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

Wages for Registered Nurses *

Area Low Median High
$29.20 $35.60 $44.09
$32.66 $38.16 $45.62
Central Minnesota
$31.35 $37.70 $45.40
Northeast Minnesota
$27.33 $32.01 $38.27
Northwest Minnesota
$28.94 $34.07 $39.56
Southeast Minnesota
$32.94 $36.62 $41.16
Southwest Minnesota
$28.19 $33.15 $38.77
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN
$34.61 $41.15 $47.83

* "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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In Minnesota, there are 71,000 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 projected to grow much faster than average.

This career is seeing very high growth compared to other careers.

There will be a need for about 49,007 new Registered Nurses to meet market demand between 2018-2028. 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
2018 2028 Number Percent
U S 3,059,800 3,431,300 371,500 12.1%
Minnesota 70,911 79,704 8,793 12.4%
Central Minnesota 6,403 7,556 1,153 18%
Northeast Minnesota 4,658 4,922 264 5.7%
Southeast Minnesota 13,019 14,509 1,490 11.4%
Southwest Minnesota 3,581 3,872 291 8.1%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 37,928 42,436 4,508 11.9%
Northwest Minnesota 4,841 5,325 484 10%

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


Related Short-Term Training (Courses)



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


Transfer Options



A registered apprenticeship is a structured way of learning a skilled occupation, craft, or trade. It combines on-the-job training and classroom instruction.

There are no recent apprenticeships for this career.



Certifications are examinations that test or enhance your knowledge, experience or skills in an occupation or profession.

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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

Learn more about Programs of Study at your high school.


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Skills & Knowledge


Most Important Skills for Registered Nurses


Most Important Knowledge Areas for Registered Nurses


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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Tools & Technology for Registered Nurses


Acute care fetal or maternal monitoring units or accessories
  • Bilimeters
  • Fetal monitors
  • Fetal scalp electrodes
Apnea monitors or accessories
  • Apnea monitors
Arm traction supplies
  • Bucks traction equipment
Arterial blood gas monitors or accessories
  • Arterial blood gas testing equipment
Arterial line catheters
Audiometers or accessories
  • Audiometers
Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles
  • Defibrillators
Autotransfusion units
  • Autotransfusion systems
Benchtop centrifuges
  • Centrifuges
Binocular light compound microscopes
Blood collection needle
  • Blood collection needles
Blood warming or transfusion systems
  • Blood warming equipment
Breathing circuit bags
  • Bag-valve masks
Canes or cane accessories
  • Canes
Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories
  • Cardiac monitor electrodes
  • Cardiac monitors
Cardiac pacemaker generator or cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker CRT-P
  • Pacemakers
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR protective shields or masks
  • One-way valve protective shields
Cervical collars or neck braces
  • Cervical collars
Clinical hydraulic lifts or accessories
  • Mechanical lift devices
Clinical incubators or infant warmers
  • Infant warmers
  • Isolettes
Clinical trapeze bars
  • Overhead clinical trapezes
Colposcopes or vaginoscopes or accessories
  • Colposcopes
Continuous passive motion CPM devices or accessories
  • Continuous passive motion CPM machines
Crutches or crutch accessories
  • Crutches
Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets
  • Angiocaths
  • Pulmonary artery catheters
Electrocardiography EKG transmitter or telemetry or accessories
  • Telemetry units
Electrocardiography EKG units
Electronic blood pressure units
  • Electronic blood pressure monitors
  • Manual blood pressure monitors
Electronic encyclopedias
  • Medical encyclopedias
Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment
  • Electrosurgical devices
  • Grounding pads
  • Loop electrosurgical excision procedure LEEP equipment
Emergency medical services head immobilizers
  • Head immobilizers
Emergency medical services torso immobilizers
  • Torso immobilizers
Endoscopic or surgical light sources or accessories
  • Surgical lights
Endotracheal tubes
  • Endotracheal ET tubes
Enema kits or accessories
  • Enema equipment
Enteral feeding administration sets
  • Continuous enteral feeding equipment
  • Intermittent enteral feeding equipment
Enteral feeding infusion pump tubing sets
  • Infusion pump enteral feeding tubes
Epidural anesthesia kit or tray
  • Epidural catheters
Extremity restraints
  • Limb restraints
Eye charts or vision cards
  • Snellen eye charts
Flexible endoscopes or accessories or related products
  • Colonoscopy equipment
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopes
  • Gastrointestinal GI endoscopes
Floor grade forceps or hemostats
  • Curved hemostats
  • Hemostats
  • Straight hemostats
Flow sensors or regulators or components
  • Oxygen flowmeters
  • Oxygen regulators
Gait belts for rehabilitation or therapy
  • Gait belts
Gastric decompression tubes
  • Levine tubes
Glucose monitors or meters
  • Capillary glucose monitors
  • Glucose testing equipment
Hand held doppler or accessories
  • Doppler pulse measurement devices
Hand or finger traction supplies
  • Skin traction equipment
Head or neck traction supplies
  • Cervical traction equipment
Heating or drying equipment or accessories
  • Swab dryers
Hemodialysis dialyzer reprocessing systems
  • Photopheresis systems
Hypodermic needle
  • Intramuscular needles
  • Subcutaneous hypodermic needles
Infusion pump kits or accessories
  • Epidural pumps
  • Insulin pumps
Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB machines
  • Ventilators
Intraaortic balloon pump and accessories
  • Intra-aortic balloon pumps IABP
Intracranial pressure ICP monitoring units or accessories
  • Intracranial pressure monitors
Intravenous infusion pump analyzers or sensors
  • Infusion control devices
Intravenous or arterial extension tubing
  • Intravenous IV tubing
Intravenous or arterial tubing adapters or connectors or locks or caps or protectors
  • Heparin locks
  • Peripheral intravenous IV locks
Intravenous syringe infusion pumps
  • Intravenous syringe pumps
Intravenous tubing with catheter administration kits
  • Intravenous IV equipment
Intubation stylets
  • Heelstick blood sampling equipment
Lap mayo trays or mayo stands for surgical use or accessories
  • Mayo trays
Laryngoscopes or accessories
  • Laryngoscope blades
Laser printers
Leg traction supplies
  • Balanced suspension traction equipment
  • Russell's traction equipment
Long term continuous electrocardiography EKG or holter monitoring systems
  • Computerized electrocardiography EKG and hemodynamic monitoring systems
Lower extremity prosthetic devices
Manual resuscitators
  • Manual resuscitation bags
  • Manually operated oxygen supply resuscitators
Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory
  • Mechanical stethoscopes
Medical gas cylinders or related devices
  • Oxygen tanks
Medical head hoods
  • Oxyhoods
Medical incision drains
  • Hemovac drains
  • Jackson-Pratt drains
Medical nasal cannulae
  • Nasal cannulas
Medical oxygen masks or parts
  • Non-rebreather masks
  • Partial masks
  • Ventimasks
Medical staple or clip removers
  • Staple removers
Medical suction or vacuum appliances
  • Nasal suctioning equipment
  • Oral suctioning equipment
  • Suction equipment
  • Tracheal suctioning equipment
Medical suction sets or kits
  • Pleuravacs
Medical syringe without needle
  • Syringes
Medical tuning forks
Medication or pill dispensers or accessories
  • Automated medicine dispensing equipment
Multiparameter vital sign unit or accessories
  • Transport cardiac monitors
Nasogastric tubes
Nebulizer or accessories
  • Nebulizers
Non invasive bi level machines
  • Bilevel positive airway pressure BiPAP ventilators
Non invasive continuous positive air pressure machines
  • Continuous positive airway pressure CPAP ventilators
Notebook computers
Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets
  • Otoscopes
Orthopedic splint systems
  • Splints
Orthopedic traction hardware or weights
  • Traction equipment
Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies
  • Oxygen administration equipment
Patient bed or table scales for general use
  • Bed scales
Patient care beds or accessories for general use
  • Hospital beds
Patient controlled analgesia infusion pumps
  • Patient controlled analgesia PCA pumps
Patient lifts or accessories
  • Patient lifters
Patient motion sensors or alarms or accessories
  • Infant security sensors
Pelvis or back traction supplies
  • Pelvic traction equipment
Perfusion oxygen or hematocrit saturation monitors or accessories
  • Venous Oxygen Saturation SVO2 monitors
Peripheral intravenous catheters for general use
  • Double lumen catheters
  • Peripheral angiocaths
  • Peripheral butterflys
  • Single lumen catheters
  • Triple lumen catheters
Personal computers
  • Pocket personal computers PC
Phacoemulsification or extrusion equipment or accessories for ophthalmic surgery
  • Phaco apparatus
  • Phaco consoles
Pulse oximeter units
  • Pulse oximeters
Radio frequency transmitters or receivers
  • Telemedicine equipment
Reflex hammers or mallets
  • Percussion hammers
  • Reflex hammers
Respiratory aspirator products or accessories
  • Meconium aspirators
Respiratory humidifiers or vaporizers
  • T-pieces with aerosol
Respiratory manometer kits
  • Manometers
Restraint straps or buckles or accessories or supplies
  • Leather restraints
Restraint vests and jackets
  • Vest restraints
Sexual assault determination kits
  • Rape kits
Spill kits
  • Chemotherapy spill kits
Spine boards
Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies
  • Incentive spirometers
Sputum collection apparatus or containers
  • Lukens traps
Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
  • Autoclaves
  • Flash sterilizers
Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
  • Occlusion clamps
  • Surgical clamps
Surgical drapes
Surgical needle holders for general use
  • Suture needleholders
Surgical retractors for general use
  • Retractors
Surgical scalpels or knives or blades or trephines or accessories
  • Scalpels
Surgical suction machines or vacuum extractors or ultrasonic surgical aspirators or regulators or accessories
  • Vacuum extractors
Suture needles
Suture removal kits or trays or packs or sets
  • Suture removal kits
Tablet computers
Therapeutic heating or cooling blankets or drapes
  • Cooling blankets
  • Hyper/hypothermia blankets
Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs
  • Aqua K pads
Tracheostomy accessories
  • Tracheostomy collars
Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation units
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment
Tuberculin syringes
  • Tuberculosis TB skin test equipment
Ultraviolet UV lamps
  • Phototherapy equipment
Umbilical catheters
Upper extremity prosthetic devices
Urinalysis analyzers
  • Urine analysis equipment
Urinalysis test strips
Urinary catheterization kit
  • Urinary catheters
Urological procedure trays or packs or kits
  • Bladder irrigation equipment
Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers
  • Evacuated blood collection tubes
Vaginal exam specula
  • Pelvic specula
Vascular or compression apparel or support
  • Anti-embolism elastic stockings
Vascular sequential compression devices or tubing
  • Sequential compression devices
Ventricular assist devices
  • Ventricular assist devices VAD
Vision testing stereoscopes
  • Titmus vision screeners
Walkers or rollators
  • Walkers


Calendar and scheduling software
  • Per-Se Technologies ORSOS One-Call
Categorization or classification software
  • Diagnostic and procedural coding software
Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software
  • FileMaker Pro
  • Microsoft Access
Electronic mail software
  • IBM Notes
  • Microsoft Outlook
Human resources software
  • Human resource management software HRMS
  • Oracle Taleo
Information retrieval or search software
  • Drug guide software
Medical software
  • Allscripts Misys Healthcare Systems
  • Allscripts Sunrise Clinical Manager
  • DoctorsPartner EMR
  • Electronic medical record EMR software
  • Epic Systems
  • HMS
  • Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS
  • MEDITECH software
  • Medical condition coding software
  • Medical procedure coding software
  • PointClickCare
  • Prognosis Innovation Healthcare ChartAccess
  • QuadraMed Affinity Healthcare Information System
  • Siemens SIENET Sky
Office suite software
  • Google Drive
  • Microsoft Office
Operating system software
  • Microsoft Windows
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
Project management software
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft SharePoint
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Time accounting software
  • Kronos Workforce Timekeeper
Web page creation and editing software
  • LinkedIn
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word

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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.


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