What does a Clinical Nurse do?

Clinical nurses provide nursing care and manage a comprehensive range of tasks related to patient treatment, with the patient’s safety and well-being as the primary priorities. They perform initial assessments, document medical history and vital statistics, verify accuracy of information in records, and ensure all medical orders are followed correctly. They provide hands-on care, drawing upon their clinical knowledge. They may also oversee training programs and provide instruction to nursing students.

Clinical nurses typically must be licensed as a registered nurse, with all licenses and required credentials valid and in good standing. Some clinical nurses also have a bachelor’s degree in nursing or a healthcare field. They generally have a strong clinical background in a variety of medical settings. Interest or experience in teaching or training programs is an asset.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7

Common Skill Sets

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
BLS Certification
Effective Communication

Clinical Nurse Seniority Levels

School Nurse
11% made the transition
Home Health Nurse
2% made the transition
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Clinical Nurse Salaries

Average Base Pay

$72,546 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $73K
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