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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.   (O'Net 29-1141.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Ambulatory Care Coordinator, Cardiac Care Unit Nurse (CCU Nurse), Cardiac Nurse Specialist, Case Manager, Central Supply Nurse, Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR)   (view all job titles)
 
This title represents a group of more specific occupations. For additional information, please select one of the specific occupations below.
Acute Care Nurses
Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses
Critical Care Nurses
Clinical Nurse Specialists
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2015
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 23.04   $ 26.12   $ 30.18   $ 37.06   $ 43.74   $ 31.65  
    Yearly $47,920   $54,320   $62,770   $77,090   $90,970   $65,840  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 21.92   $ 25.59   $ 29.36   $ 36.02   $ 42.99   $ 30.83  
    Yearly $45,600   $53,220   $61,080   $74,920   $89,420   $64,130  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 21.60   $ 24.71   $ 27.80   $ 32.13   $ 37.13   $ 28.53  
    Yearly $44,920   $51,400   $57,820   $66,840   $77,240   $59,340  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2016.
    Note: 2015 release includes new geographic definitions based on 2010 Census.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 6,629 7,359 1.1% 229
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Hospitals; state, local, and private 60.6%
    Ambulatory healthcare services 17.8%
    Nursing and residential care facilities 7.1%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 2.8%
    Federal government, all industries 2.8%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Registered Nurses  updated July 2013
     


    Knowledge
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  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
     
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Registered Nurses  updated July 2013
     


    Skills
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Registered Nurses  updated July 2013
     


    Abilities
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  • 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).
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Registered Nurses  updated July 2013
     


    Work Activities
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Registered Nurses  updated July 2013
     


    Interests
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Registered Nurses  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Registered Nurses  updated July 2013
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Registered Nurses
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Nurse, Registered (RN) Vermont Secretary of State
    Office of Professional Regulation
    Vermont State Board of Nursing
     
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Registered Nurses  updated July 2013
     


    Schools
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Adult Health Nurse/Nursing.
     
    • Clinical Nurse Leader. (NEW)
     
    • Clinical Nurse Specialist.
     
    • Critical Care Nursing.
     
    • Emergency Room/Trauma Nursing. (NEW)
     
    • Family Practice Nurse/Nursing.
     
    • Geriatric Nurse/Nursing. (NEW)
     
    • Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing.
     
    • Nursing Administration.
     
    • Nursing Practice. (NEW)
     
    • Nursing Science.
     
    • Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing.
     
    • Palliative Care Nursing. (NEW)
     
    • Pediatric Nurse/Nursing.
     
    • Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing.
     
    • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing.
     
    • Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing.
     
    • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other.
     
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
     
    • Women's Health Nurse/Nursing. (NEW)
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


    Other Resources
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  • Health Care Careers
  • A resource of the University of Vermont, the Area Health Education Centers Program (AHEC) has four regional centers where you can learn about careers in healthcare and the college programs, finanical aide and other resoures needed to pursue that career.
     
  • Labor Exchange Information
  • A source for occupational characteristics, such as age, gender, race, and years of education and an alternative source for occupational wage rates. Limited to people looking for jobs and the jobs advertised through VDOL Vermont Job Link.
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  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. Revised every two years, the Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.
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    Related Occupations
    Occupations with skill requirements similar to Registered Nurses
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  • Acute Care Nurses
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  • Athletic Trainers
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  • Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
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  • Critical Care Nurses
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  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
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  • Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
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  • Physical Therapist Assistants
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  • Radiation Therapists
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  • Radiologic Technologists
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  • Respiratory Therapists
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Registered Nurses 
     

     
     
     
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