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registered-nurseRegistered nurses (RNs) are health care professionals that provide and coordinate patient care for a variety of differential medical conditions in a multitude of medical settings.

Registered nurses are typically responsible for maintaining patient records, administering medications and treatments to patients, establishing treatment plans, observing patients and recording the findings, consulting with doctors, performing diagnostic tests, and educating patients and their families about conditions.

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Salary
How much do RNs make? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics records for May 2012, the average registered nurse salary in the United States is $67,930, which is equivalent to a mean hourly wage of $32.66. The bottom ten percent of registered nurses earns $45,040, while the top ten percent in the profession earn nearly six-figures at an average $94,720 each year. Generally, registered nurses with higher levels of experience and licensing or training are compensated at the higher salaries.

Registered nurses that are employed in general medical hospitals make an average mean salary of $69,490, while those in physician offices earn significantly less than average at $62,120. The highest paying industries for this occupation remain the federal executive branch at $79,270, and colleges or universities at a mean annual salary of $74,540. Throughout the nation, the registered nurses with the highest annual salaries can be found in California at an astounding average $94,120 salary.

StateHourly WageAverage SalaryNumber of Jobs
Alabama$26.57$55,27043,760
Alaska$38.93$80,9705,350
Arizona$34.32$71,39045,600
Arkansas$26.62$55,36023,480
California$45.25$94,120249,980
Colorado$32.66$67,92041,380
Connecticut$36.37$75,66034,820
Delaware$34.05$70,8209,660
Florida$29.70$61,780163,720
Georgia$29.22$60,77064,180
Hawaii$40.74$84,75010,060
Idaho$28.42$59,10011,420
Illinois$31.66$66,260114,730
Indiana$27.65$57,52058,430
Iowa$25.26$52,54032,170
Kansas$26.94$56,04026,380
Kentucky$27.65$57,51042,920
Louisiana$29.45$61,26040,180
Maine$29.18$60,70014,260
Maryland$34.18$71,09045,630
Massachusetts$40.08$83,37079,570
Michigan$30.97$64,43090,540
Minnesota$34.03$70,78054,940
Mississippi$27.76$57,74028,200
Missouri$27.40$56,99065,260
Montana$28.81$59,9208,400
Nebraska$27.09$56,35018,590
Nevada$37.44$77,87016,790
New Hampshire$30.73$63,92012,530
New Jersey$36.45$75,82074,700
New Mexico$32.07$66,71014,780
New York$35.63$74,100166,950
North Carolina$28.25$58,76086,240
North Dakota$25.73$53,5207,580
Ohio$29.31$60,970120,460
Oklahoma$26.91$55,98026,850
Oregon$37.75$78,53028,840
Pennsylvania$31.25$65,000125,220
Rhode Island$35.13$73,07011,840
South Carolina$28.33$58,94041,870
South Dakota$25.39$52,80011,030
Tennessee$26.83$55,80055,580
Texas$31.90$66,350187,290
Utah$28.76$59,81017,920
Vermont$30.46$63,3506,310
Virginia$30.31$63,05058,650
Washington$36.22$75,35051,060
West Virginia$56.20$54,49017,440
Wisconsin$30.77$64,00054,640
Wyoming$29.18$60,6904,460
Data courtesy of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Work Environment
As the largest occupation in the booming health care industry, there are more than 2.6 million jobs for registered nurses in many work settings. An estimated 48 percent of registered nurses are employed in general medical and surgical hospitals, making it the highest concentrated industry for the profession. The remainder works in physician offices, home health care services, nursing homes, residential care facilities, schools, government agencies, educational services, and correctional facilities.

Since patients within hospitals and other facilities require care around the clock, nurses in these work environments may work irregular and long hours. Registered nurses may be expected to work night, weekend, and holiday shifts, while being on call at other times. Nurses that are employed in industries that do not provide 24-hour care are more likely to work full-time during regular business hours. Around 20 percent of registered nurses are employed part-time. Employment for registered nurses is expected to grow faster than average at 26 percent between 2010 and 2020.

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