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According to the Bureau of Labor statistics (BLS), employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. The Registered Nurse (RN) has a panoramic set of responsibilities. The RN is responsible for treating patients, educating patients, families and the public, helping perform and analyze diagnostic tests and administering treatment and medications. The RN will also work to teach patients and their families topics such as diet, exercise, nutrition and self medication administration.

Registered Nurses are employed in a variety of settings. They are employed in hospitals, physician’s offices, home health care services, nursing care facilities and employment services. Some RNs choose to pursue advanced degrees that allow them to practice as nurse practitioners, nurse educators, clinical nurse specialists, public health nurses or nurse anesthetists.

The job outlook for RNs is excellent. According to the BLS report in 2012, more than 2.7 million nurses were employed in the U.S.  Demand will remain high for registered nurses in hospitals, employment services and extended care settings. In addition, there will be an increased demand for registered nurses in physician’s offices and home health services, according to the BLS report.

The average starting annual salary for a Registered Nurse in Kentucky is $40,314. 


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