Registered Nurse

What do Registered Nurses do?

Registered Nurses (RNs) use a large base of knowledge to assess, plan, and intervene to promote health, prevent disease, and help patients cope with illness. RNs’ duties and titles often depend on where they work and the patients they work with. For example, an oncology nurse may work with cancer patients or a geriatric nurse may work with elderly patients. Some RNs combine one or more areas of practice. When providing direct patient care, nurses observe, assess, and record symptoms, reactions, and progress, which provides the basis for care planning and intervention. They also serve as health educators and advocates for patients, families, and communities.

Average Wage

Experienced Wage

Registered Nurses:

Administer medications
Care for the needs of your patients
Communicate as part of a team
Conduct research in support of improved patient outcomes
Direct and supervise care delivered by other healthcare personnel
Perform physical exams and health histories
Provide health counseling and education

Training & Educational Opportunities

To become a registered nurse, first you will need to earn a minimum of an associate degree, and many employment opportunities will require a bachelor degree. An associate degree in nursing (ADN) includes courses in anatomy, nutrition, chemistry, and microbiology, among others. State licensure as a Registered Nurse is through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.


Training Providers

  • Chamberlain University
  • College of DuPage
  • Elgin Community College
  • Harper College
  • Joliet Junior College
  • Rasmussen College
  • Waubonsee Community College

Need Help Paying for These Skills or Certifications?

A WIOA grant can pay for up to $10,000 of training.

Types of Employers

  • Doctor offices
  • Government agencies
  • Home healthcare services
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Outpatient clinics

Advancement Opportunities

  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Clinical Nurse Manager
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Patient Educator