What is above a registered nurse?
A nurse practitioner (NP) is a step above a registered nurse (RN), and is an individual who possesses either a Master of Science in Nursing degree or a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in addition to an APRN (advanced practicing registered nurse) license and board certification.
Types of nurses
|Level||Typical education requirement||Current practitioners|
|Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)||75-hour vocational course||1,534,400|
|Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)||one-year vocational course||738,400|
|Registered Nurse (RN)||Associate of Science (A.S.) in Nursing or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Nursing||2,711,500|
- The biggest difference between NPs and RNs is the level of autonomy granted to nurse practitioners. They can see patients on their own or refer to a physician or specialist as a case requires. Unlike RNs, nurse practitioners can diagnose and treat acute illnesses, and can prescribe medications.
- In the first year of experience, a BSN nursing salary sits at $22.93 an hour and $67,014 a year. With experience, this number jumps to $33.55 an hour and an average annual BSN registered nurse salary of $77,000 a year. The average annual BSN registered nurse salary of the top 10% of nurses is $130,000 a year. (
- Steps to Becoming a Registered Nurse
- Complete an accredited registered nurse program. In order to become a registered nurse, students must graduate from an accredited program.
- Take and pass the NCLEX-RN examination.
- Obtain a state license.
- Obtain employment as a registered nurse.
- Pursue additional training or education.
Doctorate Degrees in Nursing. The highest degree one can earn in nursing is a doctorate level degree. You must first have a bachelor's and then a master's degree before completing the doctorate degree in nursing and becoming what some refer to as Doctor Nurse.
- LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) Licensed practical nurses (also called licensed vocational nurses in some states) help registered nurses and physicians by measuring vital signs, monitoring patient conditions (and changes in condition), and providing basic bedside care for sick or injured patients.
- An aspiring RN can earn a bachelor's of science in nursing (BSN) in four years at a college or university. If you're already an RN, you can enroll in an RN-to-BSN program which is geared specifically for RNs who have an associate's degree or nursing diploma. This path usually takes about two to three years.
- 25 Most common types of nursing jobs
- Registered nurse (RN) Number of job postings: 858,323*
- Licensed practical nurse (LPN) Number of job postings: 134,149*
- Travel nurse.
- Nurse practitioner (NP)
- Intensive care unit (ICU) registered nurse.
- Medical-surgical nurse.
- Emergency room nurse.
- Operating room (OR) nurse.
The highest paid of all nursing specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) also require the most education and training. In addition to a four-year nursing or science degree, CRNAs must be licensed RNs with at least a year of experience in an acute-care setting.
- How Much do Registered Nurses Make? The BLS reports the median salary for a registered nurse was $68,450 in 2016. The best-paid 10 percent of RNs made more than $102,990, while the bottom-paid 10 percent earned less than $47,120.
- Nurse anesthetists make a whopping $157,690 per year, on average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. We first discovered this while compiling our recent list of the 13 highest-paying jobs for people who don't want to sit at a desk all day.
- Some of these positions do require additional specialized training and many will require you to hold a master's degree (MSN).
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse.
- Physician's Office Nurse.
- Nurse Case Manager.
- Nursing Informatics Specialist.
- School Nurse.
- Legal Consultancy Nurse.
- Research Nurse.
- Diabetes Management Nurse.
Updated: 19th October 2018