Nursing Education Career Overview
Southwestern Illinois College’s Nursing Education (NE) program provides students the basic skills necessary to become a registered nurse (RN).
- Provide for the physical, mental and emotional needs of their patients
- Must have good knowledge of the principles and practices of nursing
- Have good interpersonal skills and oral and written communication skills
- Have the ability to relate to different cultural and economic backgrounds
- Organize, set priorities and manage a caseload
Nursing includes a variety of specialties:
- Case manager
- Home health/hospice
- Infection control
- Labor & delivery
The National League for Nursing web site provides nursing resources for students.
The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook provides additional information.
Nurses work in a variety of settings, including:
- Public/community health settings
- Ambulatory care settings
- Nursing homes/extended care facilities
According to U.S. Department of Labor 2014-24 Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of registered nurses is expected to grow by 16 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations
Average Starting Salary
The average full-time starting salary for a registered nurse is $35.24 per hour or $73,000 per year.