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Registered Nurses (RNs) administer medications, perform life-saving procedures, promote health, prevent disease, and help people cope with illness, life changes and death. Nurses are advocates and educators for patients, families and communities.

The majority of nurses practice in hospital settings where they provide care to patients 24 hours a day. They develop and manage nursing care plans for patients that combine the treatment prescribed by the physician with the nursing needs that have been identified. Hospital nurses often specialize in a particular area of nursing such as maternity, surgery, emergency, pediatric, psychiatric, medical, cardiac, or critical care. Nurses perform procedures and exams that frequently include assisting a physician, such as in the operating room. Nurses also teach patients and their families about their conditions, particularly how to care for themselves, how to prevent complications, and when to seek further advice from a health care professional. Nurses coordinate the activities of many other members of the health care team. They supervise licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and licensed nursing assistants (LNAs).

Some RNs work for local, state or international public health agencies, where they monitor communicable diseases, assist with evaluating air and water quality efforts, teach people in the community about healthy choices, and disease prevention.

Salary Range: $48,690 – $104,100

Salary Notes: Salaries for registered nurses depend heavily on geographic location, work setting and level of experience, education and responsibility. Although some health care organizations in Vermont do not differentiate salary for associate (ADN) and bachelor (BSN) degrees, graduates of BSN programs will have greater opportunities to advance, a primary factor in job satisfaction. The mean annual salary in Vermont was $66,420 in 2017.

Where you can study:
Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, MA
Castleton University Nursing Department, Castleton, VT
Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT
Central Maine Community College, Auburn, ME
Central Maine Medical Center College of Health Professions, Lewiston, ME
Community College of Rhode Island, Warwick, RI
Community College of Vermont, Montpelier, VT
Great Bay Community College, Portsmouth/Rochester, NH
Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA
Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield, ME
Laboure College, Boston, MA
Massachusetts Bay Community College, Wellesley, MA
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Boston, Boston, MA
Middlesex Community College Bedford, Bedford, MA
Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, MA
Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences, Boston MA
New England Institute of Technology, East Greenwich, RI
Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill, MA
Norwich University, Northfield, VT
Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT
Rhode Island College, Providence, RI
River Valley Community College, Claremont, NH
Salem State University, Salem, MA
Simmons College, Boston, MA
Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT
Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield, MA
The Russell Sage Colleges, Albany & Troy, NY
University of Maine at Augusta, Augusta ME
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA
University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA
University of Maine at Presque Isle, Presque Isle, ME
University of New England Westbrook College of Health Professionals, Portland, ME
University of Vermont College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Burlington, VT
Vermont Technical College – Randolph Center Campus, Randolph Center, VT
Vermont Technical College – Williston Campus, Williston, VT
Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY
White Mountains Community College, Berlin, NH
Worcester State University, Worcester, MA

Where you might work:
– Clinics – Corporations – Government Agencies – Home Health Organizations – Hospitals – Long-term Care Facilities – Overseas, Military, Traveling Nurses Agencies – Peace Corps – Physician Offices – Public Health Agencies – Schools – Universities

Job Outlook: Employment opportunities for registered nurses will continue to grow much faster than average through 2024. The fastest growth in new RN positions is expected in hospital outpatient facilities, home health care agencies, and long term care facilities. In Vermont, there is a great need for nurses in all areas.

Education, Licensing and Certification: High school course work should have a strong emphasis on math, English, and science. In order to take the Vermont licensing exam, candidates must successfully complete either an ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing) or BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program. Both levels of education, with a license, permit a registered nurse to work in an entry-level position. However, a BSN is usually required for advancement into a master’s level specialization program, although some master’s programs accept individuals with an ADN and a related bachelor’s degree. There are also options for entering nursing at a master’s level with a B.S. or B.A. degree. VTC’s program is offered at ten sites in Vermont.

Professional Organizations:
American Association of Colleges of Nursing 202-463-6930
American Nurses Association 800-274-4262
National League for Nursing 800-669-1656
Vermont State Nurses’ Association 871-810-5972, ext. 704