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Registered nurses, or RNs, are licensed medical professionals who care for patients who are ill, injured or recovering from surgery. Although most (60%) registered nurses are employed by hospitals, RNs can also be found in physicians' offices, home healthcare services, nursing care facilities and employment services.

Registered Nursing Schools in Tennessee

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. Those who already hold a bachelor's degree in another field and are interested in switching to a career in nursing may also enroll in an accelerated BSN program, which usually lasts 12 to 18 months. As a registered nursing student, you'll receive both classroom instruction and hands-on experience. Coursework for registered nurses usually includes anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, behavioral sciences and nursing. You can earn a nursing degree or diploma from an online or campus-based program at one of the many Tennessee RN schools. All states and the District of Columbia require that registered nursing students graduate from an approved program as well as pass a licensing examination. Other requirements, such as continuing education credits, vary by state. RN schools in Tennessee can help you gain the education and training you need to become a successful registered nurse.

Registered Nursing Salaries in Tennessee

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). Registered nurses held approximately 2.6 million jobs in 2008, making them the largest healthcare occupation. In Tennessee, there are 61,980 registered nurses. The BLS reports that as of May 2009, Tennessee registered nurses earned a median annual salary of $55,820. The tenth percentile earned an annual median salary of $41,030, while the 90th percentile earned $81,430 a year. Within Tennessee, employment for registered nurses is highest in the Nashville metropolitan area, Knoxville and Kingsport area. RNs in the Nashville area, Johnson City and Morristown earned the highest median salaries.

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Fast Facts for Registered Nurses in Tennessee

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Jackson, Johnson City and Kingsport
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Clarksville, Morristown and Cleveland
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Memphis, Knoxville and Chattanooga

Salaries for Registered Nurses in Tennessee

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Memphis, Chattanooga and Johnson City

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