Although Registered Nurse may not have the past prestige that "doctor" usually carries, one thing it does have that no other profession can claim is the title of the best job of 2012, according to U.S. News.
Registered Nurses are the backbone of healthcare, they’re everywhere and are usually involved in every task from explaining prescriptions, handling medical records, to treating and educating patients. They’re oftentimes the first person you’ll meet and the last person you’ll see at a healthcare center and can make or break the experience for visitors.
According to U.S. News’ report, the profession is projected to grow 26 percent by 2020, most of which will be taking place in physicians’ offices. Although, according to RN Donna Cardillo, "The whole job market is shifting," making potential nursing employment opportunities available in schools, nursing homes and even corporations.
Most nursing jobs require some kind of degree (associates, bachelors, or a hospital administered diploma) and all require a license from the National Council Licensure Examination, but a bachelors degree is quickly becoming the industry standard.
The bottom 10 percent of registered nurses make an average income of $44,190 with the top 10 percent making around $95,130. The mean wages for RNs across the country files in at $64,690. The highest paid locations are centered in Northern California, around the suburbs of San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco.
For those seeking a position as an RN, submitting your resume to a medical staffing agency can be a great way to get your foot in the door of this ever expanding, and very promising, field.
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