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Registered nurses (RNs) collaborate as integral members of healthcare teams across a variety of medical settings.

As hands-on health professionals, nurses provide essential, personalized care to patients as individuals.

Nurses are critical to the healing process while serving as patient, family, and community advocates.

Nurses are required to earn state licensure by taking the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) offered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).

Prospective licensed practical nurses (LPNs) take the NCLEX-PN; prospective registered nurses (RNs) take the NCLEX-RN.

Registered nurses (RNs) with career specializations expand their job opportunities, work-setting options and scope of patient care. You can earn new credentials through educational programs and on-the-job training.

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Nursing Specialties

  • Ambulatory care nurse
  • Cardiac care nurse
  • Critical care nurse
  • Emergency room nurse
  • Forensic nurse
  • Geriatric nurse
  • Hospice nurse
  • Labor and delivery nurse
  • Nurse anesthetist
  • Oncology nurse
  • Psychiatric nurse
  • Public health nurse
  • Toxicology nurse
  • Trauma nurse
  • And many more!

Nursing Careers in Minnesota

According to CAREERwise, nearly 71,000 registered nurses (RNs) are employed in Minnesota in this very large career. RNs most often work at hospitals, ambulatory healthcare services, nursing and residential care facilities, and insurance carriers.

RNs are currently in very high demand and this career is seeing very high growth compared to other careers. Nursing is a very high-wage career that pays well above the statewide median wage. RNs in the seven-county, Twin Cities metro area earn a median wage approaching $43 an hour. Top earners make nearly $50 an hour.

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