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Olaoluwa 1 Cynthia Olaoluwa KSU 1101 Wednesday 9:30 10 November 2010 Nursing Holding up to 2.6 million jobs, typical registered nurses or RN’s make up the largest healthcare profession in the world. Nursing is a career in which a person cares for all individuals of different ages, cultures, and settings. Nursing is not only apprehensive about health and functioning of patients, but their heart and passion goes for the quality of living and dying. There are three educational paths to follow to become a registered nurse. Most registered nurses in the United States contain a bachelor’s degree, associate, or a diploma in nursing. They also passed the state board examination and obtained enough hours of clinical experience. Once you have completed all these requirements, your first day on the job will typically be in a hospital setting. About 60 percent of RN nurses work in a hospital. However; nurses can work in nursing homes, overseas and any where that need medical attention. In the hospital, a typical job of a nurse is to treat, educate, and advice patients about various medical conditions. RN’s have to keep up with records of patient’s medical histories, symptoms, and have to aid in performing diagnostic test and analyzing the results. These are just some of the few things that nurses have to do, they have to administer treatment, medications, operate machinery and etc. Nurses have the responsibility of teaching and making sure that the patient knows how to manage there illness or injuries. They also have to teach their patient the importance of diet, nutrition, and exercise.
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Olaoluwa 2 For all the work that nurses must do, they get paid a fair amount of money. In the lowest 10 percentile, nurses get paid $21.12 on an hourly wage and 43,000 on an annual wage. In the median 50 percentile, nurses receive $30.65 on an hourly wage and $63,750 on an annual wage. Lastly, in the highest 90 percentile, nurses receive $45.05 on an hourly wage and $93,700 on an annual wage. But in some nurse’s opinions like my aunt, nurses are not paid fair according to the amount of work they do. Mrs. Yetunde Olaoluwa told me that if the she was to become a dental hygienist she would be making just as much as being a registered nurse. If she was to become dental hygienists she would have had less schooling and experience. She argued that nurses do way more than hygienist, they go through way more schooling and testing to get the position they are in. She believes it is unfair that nurses get paid what they do, considering the amount of work they do in the hospital, the lives that they are responsible for, and the stress they obtain. This is why she decided to become a nurse practitioner. She loved the independence of being able to treat patients on her order and not on the doctors. Her pay was equal to the amount of work she was doing and she was less stressed.
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