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Registered Nurse (RN, ADN)

Consistently ranked as one of the top jobs in the nation, nursing is a great choice for anyone looking for a meaningful career. Nursing is a hands-on field and much of your time will be spent directly caring for patients. It’s a big responsibility. In this role, you’ll consult with the healthcare team of doctors, specialists, and other nurses to come up with the patient care plan. Then it’s up to you to carry out the plan and monitor the patient carefully. You will administer medications, record and report symptoms or changes in a patient’s condition, take vital signs, and prepare your patients for further examinations and treatments.

There are many areas for a nurse to specialize in, and throughout your career, you may work in hospital units like coronary care, surgical care, long-term care, rehabilitation, oncology, pediatric units, or perinatal (newborn). Healthcare fields are known for rewarding hard work and education with increases in responsibility and pay. Keep learning and you’ll find new opportunities to earn more and move up in your nursing career.

| Resource Link: Texas Board of Nursing

| Resource Link: Local Job Postings – Registered Nurse

Career Details

Degree Type: Associate Degree

Field: Health Science

County: Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop, Caldwell

Austin Community College:
Professional Nursing
Temple College:
Associate Degree Nurse

Career Badges

Career Driven Skills Needed:

Health Driven Skills

Good communication, team player, empathetic, excellent time management, handles pressure, flexible, trained in nursing, advanced cardiovascular life support, acute care, and intensive care units

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Average salary for experienced professionals is $67K, entry-level pay starts around $22-26 an hour