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Registered Nurse
Nursing is a profession that combines physical science, social science, nursing theory and technology in the care of others. The RN is educated to provide care to all individuals who are sick or healthy though one-on-one hands-on care or to groups of patients. RNs coordinate care and thorough patient education.

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Nurses can specialize in their area of practice which include hospital, home, academic, government, business, industry, medical service, and the community at large. Nurses can obtain on-going education through masters degree or doctorate degree preparation. Infection Control Nurse - distributes information to hospital personnel on communicable diseases and coordinates hospital infection control program. Community Health Nurse - applies nursing skills in the community by instructing individuals and families about health education and disease prevention. Public Health Nurse -- applies knowledge from nursing, social science and public health to promote and protect the health of individuals, families and communities. (See also "Public Health Section".) School Nurse -- contributes to the development of health plans and school health programs to protect and promote the health of students and persons who work with students. Correctional/Jail Health Nurse -- contributes to the development of health plans and programs to protect and promote the health of inmates and persons who work with inmates. Occupational Health Nurse - applies nursing skills in the work environment by caring for and offering education to employees. Nurse Practitioner - gives general care and treatment to patients and consults with physician on patient care. May specialize in particular area such as neonatal care. Nurse Midwife - delivers babies and gives medical care and treatment to pregnant mothers under supervision of an obstetrician. Nurse Anesthetist - administers anesthetics to patients as prescribed by an anesthesiologist.

Work Activities/Environment
Registered nurses perform numerous duties including observing and assessing patientsí health, and providing for a patientís physical, mental, and emotional needs. They are educated to perform a variety of clinical tasks, develop and carry out a patient plan of care, and educating patients on getting and staying healthy. Nurses may work in a specific area including surgery, maternity, pediatrics, geriatrics, emergency room, intensive care, orthopedics or psychiatry. Other specialty nursing areas may require additional training or education. Nursesí jobs are physically and emotionally challenging. They need to be physically active and able to provdie patients with assurance and time for listing to their needs. Nurses work part-time or full-time and their hours vary depending upon the specialty and where they work. They may be on call and may work evenings, weekends and holidays.

Academic/Special Requirements
High school students should study health, mathematics, biology, chemistry, social sciences and related courses. Students must graduate from an accredited nursing school and receive an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), which usually takes 2 years, or a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN), which takes 4-5 years to complete. Nursing education includes classes in anatomy, physiology, chemistry, microbiology, nutrition, psychology and related courses. Nursing students also receive instruction and training in a clinical setting. Successful completion of a program and licensure exam earns one the credential of Registered Nurse.

Educational Institutions
Alverno College
Bellin College
Blackhawk Technical College
Bryant-Stratton College - Bayshore
Bryant-Stratton College - Wauwatosa
Cardinal Stritch University
Carroll University
Carthage College
Chippewa Valley Technical College
College of the Menominee Nation - Green Bay
College of the Menominee Nation - Keshena
Columbia College of Nursing
Concordia University
Edgewood College
Fox Valley Technical College
Gateway Technical College
Herzing University - Brookfield
Herzing University - Kenosha
Herzing University - Madison
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College
Lakeland College
Lakeshore Technical College
Lawrence University
Madison Area Technical College
Maranatha Baptist University
Marian University
Marquette University
Mid-State Technical College
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Moraine Park Technical College - Beaver Dam
Moraine Park Technical College - Fond du Lac
Moraine Park Technical College - West Bend
Mount Mary College
Nicolet Area Technical College
Northcentral Technical College
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Rasmussen College - Appleton Campus
Rasmussen College - Green Bay Campus
Rasmussen College - Wausau Campus
Ripon College
Silver Lake College
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
St. Norbert College
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
University of Wisconsin - Madison
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin - Parkside
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
Upper Iowa University - Blackhawk Center
Upper Iowa University - Elkhorn
Upper Iowa University - Madison
Upper Iowa University - Milwaukee
Upper Iowa University - Prairie du Chien
Upper Iowa University - Wausau
Viterbo University
Waukesha County Technical College
Western Technical College
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - Ashland
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - New Richmond
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - Rice Lake
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - Superior
Wisconsin Lutheran College
Collaborative Nursing Program

  • Beloit College
  • College of Scholastica
  • Columbia College of Nursing, Milwaukee
  • Rush University-Chicago
  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
  • University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

    Salaries may vary depending upon place of employment and specialty. A sampling of nursing position salaries are listed here. Hospital Registered Nurse Average: $52,330 Head Nurse Average: $56,500 Nurse Supervisor Average: $68,000

    Professional Organizations
    American Association of Colleges of Nursing
    One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530
    Washington, DC, 20036

    American Health Care Association
    1201 L St. NW
    Washington, DC, 20005

    American Hospital Association (AHA)
    155 N. Wacker Dr.
    Chicago, IL, 60606
    312/422-3000 or 800/424-4301

    American Nurses Association (ANA)
    8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 400
    Silver Spring, MD, 20910
    301/628-5000 or 800/274-4ANA (4262)

    Emergency Nurses Association (ENA)
    915 Lee St.
    Des Plaines, IL, 60016-6569
    800/900-9659 or 800/243-8362

    Leading Age Wisconsin
    204 South Hamilton Street
    Madison, WI, 53703

    National League for Nursing
    2600 Virginia Ave. NW, Eighth Floor
    Washington, DC, 20037

    National Student Nursesí Association
    45 Main Street, Suite 606
    Brooklyn , NY, 11201

    Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing
    1400 E. Washington Ave., Room 112
    Madison, WI, 53703
    608/266-2112 or 877/617-1565

    Wisconsin League for Nursing
    PO Box 320892
    Franklin, WI, 53132-6151

    Wisconsin Nurses Association
    6117 Monona Drive #1
    Madison, WI, 53716
    608/221-0383 or 800/362-3959

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