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Career Overview

Entry Level Education

Associate's degree

Patient Interaction

Very High

Body Fluid Interaction

Very High



Job Growth


Job 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.

What Registered Nurse (RN) Do:

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

How to Become One:

Earn an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The ADN route is the most common way to obtain licensure as a registered nurse, and usually involves a two-year program at a community or junior college. Pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), administered through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Additional Information:

WV Center for Nursing

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