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Hospital Nurse

Overview: Hospital nurses provide medical care to patients in hospitals, infirmaries and medical institutions. They administer medication, give treatments, and measure patient's vital signs such as temperature, blood pressure and pulse. They observe and report patient's condition to physicians.
Duties: They carry out patient care actions requested by the physician responsible for each patient. This includes giving medication, overseeing treatment, tests and monitoring patient's vital signs.

They assess the patient's progress by monitoring patient's temperature, blood pressure, pulse and laboratory test results. Advise physician of changes in behavior, attitude and status.

They counsel and comfort patients in response to their personal needs and fears about their illness. Advise patients about actions they can take to help speed up their own recovery.

They participate in review meetings with physicians, supervisors and other nurses to discuss ways to improve recovery rates for specific patients and enhance the quality of nursing services.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Nursing 
A.A.S./B.S. QCC/Hunter Dual/Joint Nursing 
Job Outlook: Employment of hospital nurses is expected to grow slightly through 2018. Patients are being discharged earlier and more procedures are being done on an outpatient basis, some in physician’s offices and outpatient care centers.
Salary Range (National Average): $32,000 to $38,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: All states require graduation from an accredited nursing school and passing an examination to become licensed. The educational paths to nursing are a 2-year associate degree, or a 4-5 year B.S.N. program in a college or university. A B.S.N. offers greater promotion potential.
Recommended Skills:
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.