In-Demand Career: Registered Nurse 

March 23, 2023

Anyone who has been in any sort of healthcare setting knows that quality patient care is often reliant on the work of registered nurses (RNs). Working in a wide variety of healthcare settings, RNs are healthcare professionals who provide patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and offer emotional support to patients and their families. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for RNs is projected to grow by nine percent from 2020 to 2030, which is faster than the average for all occupations. This growth is driven by several factors, including an aging population, increased healthcare needs, and advances in medical technology. The 2021 median pay for RNs was $77,600 per year, or $37.31 per hour. 

Those interested in becoming an RN must first earn a nursing degree, which can be obtained through a variety of educational pathways. These include earning an associate's degree in nursing (ADN), a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. After completing their education, RNs must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to obtain a nursing license.

The job responsibilities of RNs vary depending on their area of practice, but generally, they involve assessing and monitoring patients' health, administering medications and treatments, collaborating with other healthcare professionals, and educating patients and their families about various health conditions and treatment options. RNs must also maintain accurate medical records and adhere to ethical and legal standards of practice.

RNs must have strong communication and interpersonal skills, as well as critical thinking and problem-solving abilities. They must be able to work well under pressure and in a fast-paced environment, and must also be adaptable to the changing needs of their patients.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming an RN, contact the Kentucky Career Center – Lincoln Trail nearest you. 

The Kentucky Career Center – Lincoln Trail helps match job seekers with local employment and training opportunities. Our business solutions team offers employers of all sizes and industries personalized support to build a competitive workforce. We are an equal opportunity employer.
Program is funded with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title I funds through the Kentucky Education and Labor Cabinet and the Lincoln Trail Workforce Development Board.
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