A Registered Nurse

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Memorandum To: David Leight From: Date: Subject: October 4, 2004 Becoming a Registered Nurse Abstract This report will explore the process of becoming a registered nurse and the post­ graduate opportunities available. Choosing an educational path and re'flecting on all aspects of the job are essential in the decision making process. Registered nurses most often work in healthcare facilities that provide adequate working conditions, but nurses are susceptible to infectious disease and health hazards. Healthcare employers are offering competitive wages with possible sign-on bonuses, tuition reimbursement and excellent health benefits. Nurses are expected to remain in high demand with a shortage of 800,000 nurses by the year 2020…show more content…
As told by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "There are three major educational paths to registered nursing", A diploma from an approved nursing program, an Associate degree (AND), and a Bachelor's degree (BSN) (1114). Depending on full or part-time status, most programs will take a minimum of three years, not including the completion of required pre-requisites. Everyone must pass a state licensing test ("BLS", 2002,11 14-17). .A .spects of the .Job Registered nurses are responsible for a wide range of patient care. The U.S. Department of Labor states, "[Nurses] are advocates and health educators for patients, families, and communities" (112). A qualified nurse will create a balance between care and concern for patients and scientific knowledge ("Nursing", 2004, 112). Nurses are required to make keen observations and assessments using written and verbal communication. Time management and organizational skills along with leadership and delegation ability are crucial elements of the job (BLS, 2002, 112). Working…show more content…
According to the Bureau of Labor and statistics, the U.S. population is expected to increase by 24 million from the years 2002-20012 ("BLS­ tomorrow's" 2002,114-5). Aging Baby boomers and increased life expectancy will create the greatest need for healthcare workers with those aged 55-64 increasing by 43.6% or 11.5 million people ("BLS-tomorrow's" 2002, ~6). Education and health services will lead the way in growth for the next ten years, with an estimated 1out of 4 jobs created in the U.S. economy being in healthcare and social

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