Registered Nurse- Who is a Registered Nurse?

Registered Nurse

Who is a registered nurse?

A registered nurse (RN) is a nurse who has graduated or successfully passed a nursing program from a nursing school / University and met the requirements outlined by a country, state, province or similar government-authorized licensing body to obtain a nursing license. 

Work Place/ Environment:

Registered nurses mainly work in hospitals. They maintain hospital patients and serve their service to patients. They are the most important person in any hospital. Some nurse works with home healthcare services, physicians’ offices and nursing care facilities. Others work in outpatient clinics and schools. At present, registered nurses give primary treatment in the industrial sector.

How to Become a Registered Nurse

Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a bachelor’s degree in nursing, an associate’s degree in nursing, or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses must be licensed.


The median annual wage for registered nurses was $78,500 in January 2022.

History of (RN)

New Zealand registered the first nurse in 1901 with the establishment of the Nurses Registration Act. In September 1901 New Zealand became the first country to have separate legislation for the registration and regulation of nurses. When the Nurses Registration Act became law in January 1902, nurses who had already trained could apply to have their names entered on the register. Ellen Dougherty was the first to be registered on January 10, 1902. She was the first Registered Nurse in the World.

The First Registered Nurse In The United States: Josephine (Bradham) Burton. On March 3, 1903, the North Carolina State Nurse Association (NCSNA) became the first nursing organization to successfully lobby their state legislature to pass a nurse registration act in the United States. Josephine (Bradham) Burton, who was most likely truly the nation’s first registered nurse, probably never knew she deserved that accolade. 

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