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Registered nurse jobs involve treating and educating patients and the public about a variety of medical conditions. Recording patients symptoms, reviewing their medical history, perform tests and analyze results, use medical instrumentation, and administer medications are common tasks for individuals with rn jobs. An rn nurse can specialize in different areas of patient care including a type of work setting or treatment, specific health conditions, particular organs, or a definite group of persons.

A bachelor's degree, a associate's degree, and a diploma from a nursing program are three methods of educational preparation for registered nurse jobs. In 2006, there were 709 nursing programs that offered bachelor's of science degree in nursing. There were 850 associate degree programs in nursing that were offered. 70 Diploma programs offered by hospitals along with the other two educational programs will lead to an entry level position. A master's degree is required for any of the four advanced nursing specialties which involve 2 years of study and a bachelor's of science degree in nursing to enter. There is licensure that will be required for all States that involves passing the NCLEX-RN examination before working as a nurse.

There were 2.5 million registered nursing jobs employed in 2006 with hospitals employing a large percentage of workers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there will be an increase in the employment of rn careers of 23 percent from 2006 to 2016. This rate will be much faster than the national average for all occupations and is due to the advances in patient care and the growing elderly population creating excellent rn nurse job opportunities.

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