Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing Focus on... care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise Registered Nurse patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. What is this job like? • Work with people, gather information, identify problems, make decisions, listen actively, use a service orientation, monitor equipment and progress, remain current with technical knowledge. • Tasks may include providing health care and immunizations in hospitals, medical offices and schools; assisting with examinations;, observing patients and recording medical information; operating monitoring equipment; ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests; recommending drugs and treatments; delivering infants; providing pre- and post-natal care; developing health improvement programs and infection control. • Use knowledge in medicine, biology, customer and personal service, chemistry, therapy and counseling, English language, psychology, and administration and management. • Enjoy providing service to and positive relationships with others, and a strong sense of personal achievement. (This position may also be called public health nurse.) What kinds of people do well in this occupation? People who like to: • Work with, communicate with, help and teach other people • Perform practical, hands-on work activities • Search for facts, investigate and figure out problems People with skills in: • Reading, writing, listening and speaking • Identifying and solving problems; making decisions; critical thinking • Observing and recording information • Establishing and maintaining relationships • Performing physical activities such as stopping, lifting, pushing and pulling What is the salary and demand? 1998 Median Annual Salary Estimated annual growth rate for this job in the Yakima $42,800 Tri-County area between 1995 and 2005: 4% Tri-County $42,400 Hiring outlook in the Tri-County area through 2005: Washington $45,400 Critical Need (up to 100 openings per year or more) Continued Sources: WILMA (Washington Interactive Labor Market Access), America’s Career InfoNet and O*NET On-line. Tri-County information includes data for Yakima, Klickitat and Kittitas Counties. Focus on... Registered Nurse What kind of training is needed? This job typically requires a associate's degree, although there are programs at the bachelor’s level and for specialty nursing with higher requirements for certification. A complete list of Washington schools can be found by clicking on “Education and Training Providers” at the Healthcare Career Center main menu. Tri-Valley training programs include: • Washington State University, Yakima ICNE program Washington State requires a license • Yakima Valley Community College, Yakima for this job. Who hires registered nurses? 2008 Tri-County Projections Hospitals (SIC 8060) 71% For information on specific Colleges and universities (SIC 8220) 5% employers in your area, Nursing and personal care facilities (SIC 8050) 4% click on “Employers” at the Healthcare Career Center Other health servicess (SIC 8000) 8% main menu. State government (SIC 9020) 4% Elementary and secondary schools (SIC 8210) 3% Other 5% How can I find out more? Visit http://online.onetcenter.org and search by code. Enter O*Net code number 29-1111.00, then review the information found by clicking on “Details.” What does a career path look like? There are many routes to success in healthcare careers! Check out the example below or click on our career tree for more ideas. You can reach your ultimate goal by gaining valuable work experience and/or taking classes to prepare for more responsibility and higher pay. (Higher education levels often require prerequisites not associated with lower-level examples.) Education/ High school Short-term Associate’s (& Experience diploma or training training bachelor’s degrees) Job Child Care Worker Licensed Practical Registered Nurse (O*Net code 39-9011.00) Nurse (O*Net code 29-1111.00) (O*Net code 29-2061.00) Pay $7.60** $13.82* $20.57* *Median wage per hour, all experience levels, Yakima, 1998. **Median wage estimate per hour, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Washington, 1999.
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