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Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; an increased emphasis on preventative care; and demand for healthcare services from the baby boomer population, as they live longer and more active lives.

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What do Registered Nurses do?

Registered nurses (RNs) 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.

Registered nurses typically do the following:

  • Set up plans for patients’ care or contribute to existing plans
  • Consult with doctors and other healthcare professionals
  • Record patients' medical histories and symptoms
  • Administer patients’ medicines and treatments
  • Operate and monitor medical equipment
  • Teach patients and their families how to manage illnesses or injuries
  • Explain what to do at home after treatment
  • Observe patients and record observations
  • Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results


Registered Nurses, US

The qualification that you should proud of

This course is registered under the Non-Local Higher and Professional (Regulation) Ordinance.
EDB Registration Number: 362657

Our 6 simply steps to become a RN in the US

  • 1. Eligibility
    The requirements for eligibility to take the NCLEX and to get a license/registration are determined by the board of nursing/regulatory body (BON/RB). If you are interested in information about eligibility and licensure/registration requirements, you should contact us for more information.
  • 2. Sign up with PrimeVest
    PrimeVest provides consultancy services to facilitate candidates to apply, schedule and arrange professional examinations.Candidates may simply focus on exam review and preparation while PrimeVest will assist with the sometimes tedious and time consuming pre and post examination procedures.
  • 3. Apply for the exams
    PrimeVest International Education provides consultancy services to facilitate candidates to apply, schedule and arrange professional examinations. We also assist with candidates for the practice licenses required in the US.
  • 4. Exam prep

    Program Outline


    Modes of Study

    • Face-to-face lectures
    • High definition live lectures
    • Video lectures
  • 5. Take the exam

    Because the practice of nursing changes over time, it is necessary to periodically re-evaluate the appropriateness of the passing standards for both the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN. To ensure that the passing standards for these exams accurately reflect the amount of nursing ability currently required to practice competently at the entry level, the NCSBN Board of Directors re-evaluates their passing standards every three years when the test plans are reviewed. Below is a sample of the information considered in the evaluation of a passing standard:

    1.The results of a standard setting exercise undertaken by the Panel of Judges. Currently, this exercise consists of a criterion-referenced standard setting method, with additional statistical result compromise procedures. Also, a list of members on the Panel of Judges and their qualifications are included. 

    2.A historical record of the passing standard and annual summaries of candidate performance on the NCLEX since the implementation of the CAT methodology in 1994.

    3.The results from the annual standard setting survey, which solicits the opinions of employers and educators regarding the competence of the current cohort of entry-level nurses.

    4.The educational readiness of high school graduates who expressed an interest in nursing. Currently, American College Testing service (ACT) provides this information.

  • 6. Licensure
    Licensure procedures and requirements differ from state to state in the US.If you want to obtain a multistate license, or you prefer to work internationally, contact PrimeVest for more information.

Working Environment for the RNs

As the largest healthcare occupation, registered nurses held about 2.7 million jobs in 2012. The industries that employed the most registered nurses in 2012 were as follows:

Registered nurses work in hospitals, physicians' offices, home healthcare services, and nursing care facilities. Others work in correctional facilities, schools, clinics, or serve in the military.

Most registered nurses work in well-lit, comfortable healthcare facilities. Home health and public health nurses travel to patients' homes, schools, community centers, and other sites.

Some nurses move frequently, traveling in the United States and throughout the world to help care for patients in places where there are not enough healthcare workers.

Job Prospects of RNs

Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons.

Demand for healthcare services will increase because of the aging population, since older people typically have more medical problems than younger people. Nurses also will be needed to educate and to care for patients with various chronic conditions, such as arthritis, dementia, diabetes, and obesity. In addition, the number of individuals who have access to healthcare services will increase, as a result of federal health insurance reform. More nurses will be needed to care for these patients.

The financial pressure on hospitals to discharge patients as soon as possible may result in more people admitted to long-term care facilities, outpatient care centers, and greater need for home healthcare. Job growth is expected in facilities that provide long-term rehabilitation for stroke and head injury patients, as well as facilities that treat people with Alzheimer's disease. In addition, because many older people prefer to be treated at home or in residential care facilities, registered nurses will be in demand in those settings.

Growth is also expected to be faster than average in outpatient care centers where patients do not stay overnight, such as those that provide same-day chemotherapy, rehabilitation, and surgery. In addition, an increased number of procedures, as well as more sophisticated procedures previously done only in hospitals, are performed in ambulatory care settings and physicians' offices.

Overall, job opportunities for registered nurses are expected to be good. Generally, registered nurses with at least a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) will have better job prospects than those without one. Employers may prefer candidates who have some related work experience.

Job opportunities should be good because of the need to replace workers who retire over the coming decade and because of the growing number of people with access to healthcare services.

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Registered Nurses, US

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