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While specific work responsibilities for a registered nurse (RN) may vary depending on work setting and patient population, all RNs take care of patients and provide education and advice to both patients and their family members. Registered nurses typically work in hospitals, but can also be found in physicians' offices, home healthcare services or social assistance agencies.

Registered Nursing Schools in Minnesota

You can become a registered nurse after earning an associate degree or diploma in nursing; however, those who obtain a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN), or higher, tend to have more responsibilities and see more opportunities for advancement. Registered nurses who earn a master's degree in nursing (MSN) are known as advanced practice nurses. These nurses can perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures as well as prescribe medication. A registered nursing program will give you both the classroom education and hands-on experience you need to become an RN. Registered nursing programs may include coursework in nursing studies, health law and ethics, epidemiology, anatomy and patient confidentiality (HIPAA). Whether online or in a traditional classroom, RN schools in Minnesota can help you earn your nursing degree or diploma. After graduating from an approved nursing program, you'll need to pass a national licensing exam. Other requirements, including continuing education credits, may be necessary so be sure to contact your state's board of nursing for more information. Enrolling at one of the many registered nursing schools in Minnesota is the first step to becoming a registered nurse.

Registered Nursing Salaries in Minnesota

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects RNs to see excellent job growth between 2008 and 2018, adding some 581,000 new jobs. With 2.6 million jobs in 2008, registered nurses constitute the largest health care occupation. To become one of the 57,560 registered nurses in Minnesota, enroll in one of the following Minnesota RN schools today. According to data from May 2009, registered nurses in Minnesota earned an hourly median wage of $34.24, or $71,210 annually. Although there are opportunities throughout the state, RNs in Minnesota tend to migrate towards the Minneapolis area, Rochester and the Duluth metropolitan area, where employment is most concentrated.

For a rewarding career as a registered nurse, get more information from one of the Minnesota RN schools below.

Fast Facts for Registered Nurses in Minnesota

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Rochester and Duluth
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Minneapolis and St. Cloud
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Minneapolis and Rochester

Salaries for Registered Nurses in Minnesota

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Minneapolis and St. Cloud

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