What does a Graduate Registered Nurse do?

Registered nurses (RNs) assess and evaluate patient conditions, and then plan, implement, provide, and document patient care in a manner that follows professional nursing standards and outlined practices. RNs usually do all of this in conjuction with doctors, nursing assistants, and other healthcare professionals. RNs oftentimes have a specialty; common specialties include labor and delivery, oncology, critical care, medical-surgical, and much more. Most RNs work in state, local, or private hospitals.

RNs need to have graduated from an accredited nursing program, typically obtaining a Bachelor's degree in nursing, and possess a license in the state they want to work in. To become licensed, they must take and pass the NCLEX-RN, which is the national licensing exam, and complete any additional licensure requirements, as determined by the state of practice. The best RNs are compassionate, observant, and detail oriented.

  • Provide all patient care in a manner that reflects respect for patient rights, dignity, values, culture preferences, and expressed needs
  • Assess patient's physical, psychological, and social needs
  • Assess pain and implement appropriate pain management techniques
  • Develop, implement, and revise care plans that reflect patient's diagnosis and outlined standards of care
  • Involve patients and/or significant others in decisions regarding care
  • Document patient history, symptoms, assessments, tests, and care according to guidelines
  • Review patient history, diagnostics, and lab data, and report any abnormalities
  • Educate patient and family on managing injuries and illnesses to ensure a safe and successful discharge
  • Administer medicine and treatment to patients
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from an accredited school of nursing preferred
  • Must possess a current, valid RN license in state of practice
  • Certification in CPR
  • 2 years of experience in a healthcare related field preferred
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a high level of professionalism during stressful times
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Dedicated to provide the best patient care possible
  • Must have general working knowledge of computers and department specific software
EducationAssociate's Degree
Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience0-1 year

Graduate Registered Nurse Salaries

Average Base Pay

$63,296 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$47K
Median: $63K
$85K
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Graduate Registered Nurse Career Path

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Elmcroft Senior LivingElmcroft Senior Living
RN RSD
Sep 24, 2020

“The care staff is exceptional and I feel very good about the care we deliver to our residents.”

Health FirstHealth First
Registered Nurse
Aug 25, 2020

“You see so many pts that you see everything so it’s an awesome learning experience but definitely can be overwhelming”

US ArmyUS Army
Clinical Charge Nurse
Feb 4, 2021

“Company will not fold; you may enjoy working with Soldiers and veterans; pay is good”

Marks & SpencerMarks & Spencer
Staff RN
Aug 16, 2021

“Nice place to work when you want to work and have a nice place to go to”

The Johns Hopkins HospitalThe Johns Hopkins Hospital
Registered Nurse, BSN
Jun 24, 2021

“I have a great team I love to work with and I can’t really complain about that”

BAYADA Home Health CareBAYADA Home Health Care
Registered Nurse
Jan 15, 2022

“Working somewhere you feel supported and appreciated as a person diem employee is a great feeling”

Odyssey HospiceOdyssey Hospice
PRN
Oct 24, 2019

“The compensation was decent but the mileage reimbursement arrangements for PRN were not the best.”

Integrity Health ServicesIntegrity Health Services
Registered Nurse
Jul 28, 2021

“It is flexible hours job.You work when you want to do it .There are nice staff.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a graduate registered nurse

When working as a graduate registered nurse, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Critical Thinking, Associate of Science, Portable, Effective Communication, and Diagnosis.

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