Registered Nurse

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

Job Outlook through 2024

Employment Current: 130,070
Employment Projected: 148,240
Percentage Change: 14.0%

Education/Training

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Duties

  • Maintain accurate, detailed reports and records. 
  • Administer medications to patients and monitor patients for reactions or side effects. 
  • Record patients' medical information and vital signs. 
  • Monitor, record, and report symptoms or changes in patients' conditions. 
  • Consult and coordinate with healthcare team members to assess, plan, implement, or evaluate patient care plans.

Skills

  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. 
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. 
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. 
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. 
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Average Wages in PA

Entry Level: $51,340
Average: $68,770
Experienced: $77,480