Summary Report for:
29-1141.00 - Registered Nurses
Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required.
Sample of reported job titles: Charge Nurse, Director of Nursing (DON), Emergency Department RN (Emergency Department Registered Nurse), Oncology RN (Oncology Registered Nurse), Operating Room Registered Nurse (OR RN), Public Health Nurse (PHN), Registered Nurse (RN), School Nurse, Staff Nurse, Staff RN (Staff Registered Nurse)
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
- 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.
- Modify patient treatment plans as indicated by patients' responses and conditions.
- Monitor all aspects of patient care, including diet and physical activity.
- Direct or supervise less-skilled nursing or healthcare personnel or supervise a particular unit.
- Prepare patients for and assist with examinations or treatments.
- Instruct individuals, families, or other groups on topics such as health education, disease prevention, or childbirth and develop health improvement programs.
- Assess the needs of individuals, families, or communities, including assessment of individuals' home or work environments, to identify potential health or safety problems.
- Prepare rooms, sterile instruments, equipment, or supplies and ensure that stock of supplies is maintained.
- Refer students or patients to specialized health resources or community agencies furnishing assistance.
- Consult with institutions or associations regarding issues or concerns relevant to the practice and profession of nursing.
- Inform physician of patient's condition during anesthesia.
- Administer local, inhalation, intravenous, or other anesthetics.
- Provide health care, first aid, immunizations, or assistance in convalescence or rehabilitation in locations such as schools, hospitals, or industry.
- Hand items to surgeons during operations.
- Observe nurses and visit patients to ensure proper nursing care.
- Conduct specified laboratory tests.
- Direct or coordinate infection control programs, advising or consulting with specified personnel about necessary precautions.
- Engage in research activities related to nursing.
- Prescribe or recommend drugs, medical devices, or other forms of treatment, such as physical therapy, inhalation therapy, or related therapeutic procedures.
- Order, interpret, and evaluate diagnostic tests to identify and assess patient's condition.
- Perform physical examinations, make tentative diagnoses, and treat patients en route to hospitals or at disaster site triage centers.
- Perform administrative or managerial functions, such as taking responsibility for a unit's staff, budget, planning, or long-range goals.
- Provide or arrange for training or instruction of auxiliary personnel or students.
- Work with individuals, groups, or families to plan or implement programs designed to improve the overall health of communities.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Acute care fetal or maternal monitoring units or accessories — Bilimeters; Fetal monitors; Fetal scalp electrodes
- Apnea monitors or accessories — Apnea monitors
- Arm traction supplies — Bucks traction equipment
- Arterial blood gas monitors or accessories — Arterial blood gas testing equipment
- Arterial line catheters
- Audiometers or accessories — Audiometers
- Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles — Defibrillators
- Autotransfusion units — Autotransfusion systems
- Benchtop centrifuges — Centrifuges
- Binocular light compound microscopes
- Blood collection needle — Blood collection needles
- Blood warming or transfusion systems — Blood warming equipment
- Breathing circuit bags — Bag-valve masks
- Canes or cane accessories — Canes
- Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories — Cardiac monitor electrodes; Cardiac monitors
- Cardiac pacemaker generator or cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker CRT-P — Pacemakers
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR protective shields or masks — One-way valve protective shields
- Cervical collars or neck braces — Cervical collars
- Clinical hydraulic lifts or accessories — Mechanical lift devices
- Clinical incubators or infant warmers — Infant warmers; Isolettes
- Clinical trapeze bars — Overhead clinical trapezes
- Colposcopes or vaginoscopes or accessories — Colposcopes
- Continuous passive motion CPM devices or accessories — Continuous passive motion CPM machines
- Crutches or crutch accessories — Crutches
- Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets — Angiocaths; Pulmonary artery catheters
- Electrocardiography EKG transmitter or telemetry or accessories — Telemetry units
- Electrocardiography EKG units
- Electronic blood pressure units — Electronic blood pressure monitors; Manual blood pressure monitors
- Electronic encyclopedias — Medical encyclopedias
- Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment — Electrosurgical devices; Grounding pads; Loop electrosurgical excision procedure LEEP equipment
- Emergency medical services head immobilizers — Head immobilizers
- Emergency medical services torso immobilizers — Torso immobilizers
- Endoscopic or surgical light sources or accessories — Surgical lights
- Endotracheal tubes — Endotracheal ET tubes
- Enema kits or accessories — Enema equipment
- Enteral feeding administration sets — Continuous enteral feeding equipment; Intermittent enteral feeding equipment
- Enteral feeding infusion pump tubing sets — Infusion pump enteral feeding tubes
- Epidural anesthesia kit or tray — Epidural catheters
- Extremity restraints — Limb restraints
- Eye charts or vision cards — Snellen eye charts
- Flexible endoscopes or accessories or related products — Colonoscopy equipment; Flexible sigmoidoscopes; Gastrointestinal GI endoscopes
- Floor grade forceps or hemostats — Curved hemostats; Hemostats; Straight hemostats
- Flow sensors or regulators or components — Oxygen flowmeters; Oxygen regulators
- Gait belts for rehabilitation or therapy — Gait belts
- Gastric decompression tubes — Levine tubes
- Glucose monitors or meters — Capillary glucose monitors; Glucose testing equipment
- Hand held doppler or accessories — Doppler pulse measurement devices
- Hand or finger traction supplies — Skin traction equipment
- Head or neck traction supplies — Cervical traction equipment
- Heating or drying equipment or accessories — Swab dryers
- Hemodialysis dialyzer reprocessing systems — Photopheresis systems
- Hypodermic needle — Intramuscular needles; Subcutaneous hypodermic needles
- Infusion pump kits or accessories — Epidural pumps; Insulin pumps
- Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB machines — Ventilators
- Intraaortic balloon pump and accessories — Intra-aortic balloon pumps IABP
- Intracranial pressure ICP monitoring units or accessories — Intracranial pressure monitors
- Intravenous infusion pump analyzers or sensors — Infusion control devices
- Intravenous or arterial extension tubing — Intravenous IV tubing
- Intravenous or arterial tubing adapters or connectors or locks or caps or protectors — Heparin locks; Peripheral intravenous IV locks
- Intravenous syringe infusion pumps — Intravenous syringe pumps
- Intravenous tubing with catheter administration kits — Intravenous IV equipment
- Intubation stylets
- Lancets — Heelstick blood sampling equipment
- Lap mayo trays or mayo stands for surgical use or accessories — Mayo trays
- Laryngoscopes or accessories — Laryngoscope blades
- Laser printers
- Leg traction supplies — Balanced suspension traction equipment; Russell's traction equipment
- Long term continuous electrocardiography EKG or holter monitoring systems — Computerized electrocardiography EKG and hemodynamic monitoring systems
- Lower extremity prosthetic devices
- Manual resuscitators — Manual resuscitation bags; Manually operated oxygen supply resuscitators
- Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory — Mechanical stethoscopes
- Medical gas cylinders or related devices — Oxygen tanks
- Medical head hoods — Oxyhoods
- Medical incision drains — Hemovac drains; Jackson-Pratt drains
- Medical nasal cannulae — Nasal cannulas
- Medical oxygen masks or parts — Non-rebreather masks; Partial masks; Ventimasks
- Medical staple or clip removers — Staple removers
- Medical suction or vacuum appliances — Nasal suctioning equipment; Oral suctioning equipment; Suction equipment; Tracheal suctioning equipment
- Medical suction sets or kits — Pleuravacs
- Medical syringe without needle — Syringes
- Medical tuning forks
- Medication or pill dispensers or accessories — Automated medicine dispensing equipment
- Multiparameter vital sign unit or accessories — Transport cardiac monitors
- Nasogastric tubes
- Nebulizer or accessories — Nebulizers
- Non invasive bi level machines — Bilevel positive airway pressure BiPAP ventilators
- Non invasive continuous positive air pressure machines — Continuous positive airway pressure CPAP ventilators
- Notebook computers
- Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets — Otoscopes
- Orthopedic splint systems — Splints
- Orthopedic traction hardware or weights — Traction equipment
- Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies — Oxygen administration equipment
- Patient bed or table scales for general use — Bed scales
- Patient care beds or accessories for general use — Hospital beds
- Patient controlled analgesia infusion pumps — Patient controlled analgesia PCA pumps
- Patient lifts or accessories — Patient lifters
- Patient motion sensors or alarms or accessories — Infant security sensors
- Pelvis or back traction supplies — Pelvic traction equipment
- Perfusion oxygen or hematocrit saturation monitors or accessories — Venous Oxygen Saturation SVO2 monitors
- Peripheral intravenous catheters for general use — Double lumen catheters; Peripheral angiocaths; Single lumen catheters; Triple lumen catheters (see all 5 examples)
- Personal computers — Pocket personal computers PC
- Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers — Personal digital assistants PDA
- Phacoemulsification or extrusion equipment or accessories for ophthalmic surgery — Phaco apparatus; Phaco consoles
- Phlebotomy trays or accessories — Vacutainer sleeves
- Pulse oximeter units — Pulse oximeters
- Radio frequency transmitters or receivers — Telemedicine equipment
- Reflex hammers or mallets — Percussion hammers; Reflex hammers
- Respiratory aspirator products or accessories — Meconium aspirators
- Respiratory humidifiers or vaporizers — T-pieces with aerosol
- Respiratory manometer kits — Manometers
- Restraint straps or buckles or accessories or supplies — Leather restraints
- Restraint vests and jackets — Vest restraints
- Sexual assault determination kits — Rape kits
- Spill kits — Chemotherapy spill kits
- Spine boards
- Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies — Incentive spirometers
- Sputum collection apparatus or containers — Lukens traps
- Steam autoclaves or sterilizers — Autoclaves; Flash sterilizers
- Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories — Occlusion clamps; Surgical clamps
- Surgical drapes
- Surgical needle holders for general use — Suture needleholders
- Surgical retractors for general use — Retractors
- Surgical scalpels or knives or blades or trephines or accessories — Scalpels
- Surgical suction machines or vacuum extractors or ultrasonic surgical aspirators or regulators or accessories — Vacuum extractors
- Suture needles
- Suture removal kits or trays or packs or sets — Suture removal kits
- Tablet computers
- Therapeutic heating or cooling blankets or drapes — Cooling blankets; Hyper/hypothermia blankets
- Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs — Aqua K pads
- Tracheostomy accessories — Tracheostomy collars
- Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation units — Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment
- Tuberculin syringes — Tuberculosis TB skin test equipment
- Ultraviolet UV lamps — Phototherapy equipment
- Umbilical catheters
- Upper extremity prosthetic devices
- Urinalysis analyzers — Urine analysis equipment
- Urinalysis test strips
- Urinary catheterization kit — Urinary catheters
- Urological procedure trays or packs or kits — Bladder irrigation equipment
- Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers — Evacuated blood collection tubes; Vacutainer tubes
- Vaginal exam specula — Pelvic specula
- Vascular or compression apparel or support — Anti-embolism elastic stockings
- Vascular sequential compression devices or tubing — Sequential compression devices
- Ventricular assist devices — Ventricular assist devices VAD
- Vision testing stereoscopes — Titmus vision screeners
- Walkers or rollators — Walkers
Technology used in this occupation:
- Calendar and scheduling software — Per-Se Technologies ORSOS One-Call
- Categorization or classification software — Diagnostic and procedural coding software
- Data base user interface and query software — IDX Systems software
- Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook
- Information retrieval or search software — Drug guide software
- Medical software — MEDITECH software; Misys Healthcare Systems software; QuadraMed Affinity Healthcare Information System; Siemens SIENET Sky (see all 14 examples)
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
- Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Time accounting software — Kronos Workforce Timekeeper
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
- Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
- Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
- English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
- Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
- Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
- Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
- Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- 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.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
- Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
- Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
- Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
- Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
- Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
- Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
- Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
- Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
- Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
- Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
- Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
- Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
- Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
- Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
- Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
- Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
- Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
- Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
- Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
- Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
- Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
- Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
- Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
- Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
- Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
- Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
- Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
- Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
- Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
- Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
- Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
- Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
- Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
- Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
- Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
- Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
- Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
- Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
Detailed Work Activities
- Record patient medical histories.
- Diagnose medical conditions.
- Prescribe medications.
- Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment.
- Examine patients to assess general physical condition.
- Inform medical professionals regarding patient conditions and care.
- Administer non-intravenous medications.
- Order medical diagnostic or clinical tests.
- Prescribe assistive medical devices or related treatments.
- Treat acute illnesses, infections, or injuries.
- Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities.
- Maintain inventory of medical supplies or equipment.
- Treat medical emergencies.
- Test biological specimens to gather information about patient conditions.
- Prepare medical supplies or equipment for use.
- Administer anesthetics or sedatives to control pain.
- Assist healthcare practitioners during surgery.
- Prepare patients physically for medical procedures.
- Maintain medical facility records.
- Assist healthcare practitioners during examinations or treatments.
- Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
- Evaluate patient outcomes to determine effectiveness of treatments.
- Immunize patients.
- Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources.
- Advise communities or institutions regarding health or safety issues.
- Train caregivers or other non-medical personnel.
- Design public or employee health programs.
- Direct healthcare delivery programs.
- Supervise patient care personnel.
- Advise medical personnel regarding healthcare issues.
- Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
- Communicate health and wellness information to the public.
- Assess patient work, living, or social environments.
- Manage healthcare operations.
- Telephone — 99% responded “Every day.”
- Contact With Others — 92% responded “Constant contact with others.”
- Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 97% responded “Every day.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 89% responded “Extremely important.”
- Exposed to Disease or Infections — 80% responded “Every day.”
- Physical Proximity — 86% responded “Very close (near touching).”
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 82% responded “Every day.”
- Frequency of Decision Making — 88% responded “Every day.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 74% responded “Extremely important.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 63% responded “Very important results.”
- Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 71% responded “Every day.”
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 55% responded “A lot of freedom.”
- Coordinate or Lead Others — 58% responded “Extremely important.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 50% responded “A lot of freedom.”
- Electronic Mail — 58% responded “Every day.”
- Deal With External Customers — 66% responded “Extremely important.”
- Time Pressure — 51% responded “Every day.”
- Consequence of Error — 57% responded “Extremely serious.”
- Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 40% responded “Very high responsibility.”
- Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 34% responded “Very high responsibility.”
- Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 37% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Spend Time Standing — 47% responded “About half the time.”
- Letters and Memos — 36% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 36% responded “Very important.”
- Frequency of Conflict Situations — 34% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 29% responded “About half the time.”
- Level of Competition — 33% responded “Moderately competitive.”
- Spend Time Walking and Running — 43% responded “Less than half the time.”
- Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 29% responded “Less than half the time.”
|Title||Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.|
|Related Experience||Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|11||Some college, no degree|
Interest code: SIC
- Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
- Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
- Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
- Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
- Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
- Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
- Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2014)||$32.04 hourly, $66,640 annual|
|Employment (2012)||2,712,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Faster than average (15% to 21%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||1,052,600|
|Top industries (2012)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Registered Nurses . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) , 1 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036. Phone: (202) 463-6930. Fax: (202) 785-8320.
- American Nurses Association (ANA) , 8515 Georgia Ave., Suite 400, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Phone: (800) 274-4262.
- National League for Nursing (NLN) , 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10006. Phone: (212) 363-5555.