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Registered nurse
Rank: 47 of 50
Top job in field: Chief Nurse Anesthetist
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GRADES: Stress: D   /   Flexibility: B   /   Creativity: D   /   Difficulty: C

Average pay: $68,872
  Salary Total compensation
(includes bonus)
75% in this career make more than: $62,071 $62,194
50% in this career make more than: $68,560 $68,726
25% in this career make more than: $75,227 $75,456
Top potential compensation (5% make more):   $178,587

10-year job growth: 29.35%
Total jobs 2004: 2,393,559
Forecast 2014: 3,096,124
Average annual growth (including new jobs and net replacement): 120,343

Career description
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. Include advance practice nurses such as: nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists. Advanced practice nursing is practiced by RNs who have specialized formal, post-basic education and who function in highly autonomous and specialized roles.

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