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Registered Nurse

Is Registered Nursing for me?

If you are social and like to care for others, enjoy thinking on your feet and problem solving, and excel at collaborating with others you may have what it takes to become a registered nurse.

How Do I Become an RN or advance my education?

In order to apply for an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree from Charter College in Anchorage you need a high school diploma or GED. To be admitted to a nursing program you may need to take an assessment test, do an interview, and provide references. Learn more about this nursing program

RN job description1

Registered nurses (RNs) perform many jobs.  RN's provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

Typical RN Job duties:

  • Monitor, record, and report symptoms or changes in patients' conditions.
  • Maintain accurate, detailed reports and records.
  • Record patients' medical information and vital signs.
  • Order, interpret, and evaluate diagnostic tests to identify and assess patient's condition.
  • Modify patient treatment plans as indicated by patients' responses and conditions.
  • Direct or supervise less-skilled nursing or healthcare personnel or supervise a particular unit.
  • Consult and coordinate with healthcare team members to assess, plan, implement, or evaluate patient care plans.
  • Monitor all aspects of patient care, including diet and physical activity.
  • Instruct individuals, families, or other groups on topics such as health education, disease prevention, or childbirth and develop health improvement programs.
  • Prepare patients for and assist with examinations or treatments.

RN Specialties2

Nursing offers a wide variety of options for area of focus. A nursing sub-specialty may require additional training and education beyond the registered nursing degree. Here are some of the ways a registered nurse can specialize: 

Acute Care Nurse

Addiction Nurse

Allergy/Immunology Nurse

Burn ICU Nurse

Cardiac Care Unit Nurse

Certified Nurse Operating Room

Community Health Nurse

Coronary Care Unit Nurse

Critical Care/ICU Nurse


Emergency Nurse

Flight/Transport Nurse

Gastroenterology Nurse

Genetics Nurse

Geriatric Nurse

Gynecology Nurse



Labor & Delivery Nurse

Neonatal Nurse

Nephrology Nurses

Neurosurgery Nurse

Oncology Nurse

Otolaryngology Nurse

Operating Room Nurse

Pediatric Nurse

Plastic Surgery Nurse

Psychiatric Nurse

Radiology Nurse

Rehabilitation Nurse

Surgical/ICU Nurse

Trauma Nurse

Urology Nurse

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition., retrieved 4/9/16
2 site,, retrieved 4/9/16
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition., retrieved 4/9/16