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Registered nurses, or RNs, are licensed medical professionals who care for patients who are ill, injured or recovering from surgery. 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 Ohio

You can become an RN by earning a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN) from a college or university. You can also get an associate degree at a community college or a diploma from a hospital-based nursing school. 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. As a registered nursing student, you'll receive both classroom instruction and hands-on experience. Registered nursing programs may include coursework in nursing studies, health law and ethics, epidemiology, anatomy and patient confidentiality (HIPAA). You can earn a nursing degree or diploma from an online or campus-based program at one of the many Ohio RN schools. After graduating from an approved nursing program, you'll need to pass a national licensing examination. Other requirements, such as continuing education credits, vary by state. Enrolling at one of the many RN schools in Ohio is the first step to becoming a registered nurse.

Registered Nursing Salaries in Ohio

Job opportunities for RNs are expected to be excellent, with more than 581,000 new jobs opening between 2008 and 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). With 2.6 million jobs in 2008, registered nurses constitute the largest health care occupation. In Ohio, there are 117,870 registered nurses. According to data from May 2009, Ohio RNs earned an hourly median wage of $27.99, or $58,220 a year. Within Ohio, employment for registered nurses is highest in the Cleveland area, Columbus and Dayton.

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

Fast Facts for Registered Nurses in Ohio

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Lima, Toledo and Dayton
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Columbus, Cincinnati and Youngstown
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus

Salaries for Registered Nurses in Ohio

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Cleveland, Cincinnati and Mansfield

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