|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.
A.A.S./B.S. QCC/Hunter Dual/Joint Nursing
|Job Outlook:||Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventative care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby boomer population, as they live longer and more active lives.|
|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.|
* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .
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 agreementswith other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.