Registered nurses, or RNs, are the largest group of health care professionals and are an integral part of the health care system. An RN may work in a variety of settings and often have a broad range of duties including supervising the activities of licensed practical nurses, or LPNs, administering IVs and other medications, and treating injuries. If you have an interest in having a direct impact on the well-being of patients then working as a registered nurse can be a rewarding career.
Typically, potential nurses take classes for between two and four years in order to become a registered nurse. It is most common now for a student to receive an Associate’s Degree in Nursing, or ADN, when training as an RN. Regardless of the type of training completed a candidate must pass a licensing exam following their formal education.
Registered nursing is among the fastest growing job sectors. It is estimated that nearly thirty percent more RNs will be needed over the next decade. That makes now a great time to start a career the medical profession as a registered nurse.