Occupation Summary

Registered Nurses

O*NET 29-1141.00


Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required.

Annual Wages:
Employment Rate:
Employment is expected to increase by 16.75%.
Education Level:
Bachelor's Degree. According to O*Net, the majority of people employed in this occupation have this level of education.
Public Service, Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM)

  1. Maintain accurate, detailed reports and records.
  2. Monitor, record, and report symptoms or changes in patients' conditions.
  3. Record patients' medical information and vital signs.
  4. Modify patient treatment plans as indicated by patients' responses and conditions.
  5. Consult and coordinate with healthcare team members to assess, plan, implement, or evaluate patient care plans.
  6. Order, interpret, and evaluate diagnostic tests to identify and assess patient's condition.
  7. Monitor all aspects of patient care, including diet and physical activity.
  8. Direct or supervise less-skilled nursing or healthcare personnel or supervise a particular unit.
  9. Prepare patients for and assist with examinations or treatments.
  10. Observe nurses and visit patients to ensure proper nursing care.
  11. Assess the needs of individuals, families, or communities, including assessment of individuals' home or work environments, to identify potential health or safety problems.
  12. Instruct individuals, families, or other groups on topics such as health education, disease prevention, or childbirth and develop health improvement programs.
  13. Prepare rooms, sterile instruments, equipment, or supplies and ensure that stock of supplies is maintained.
  14. Inform physician of patient's condition during anesthesia.
  15. Administer local, inhalation, intravenous, or other anesthetics.
  16. Provide health care, first aid, immunizations, or assistance in convalescence or rehabilitation in locations such as schools, hospitals, or industry.
  17. Perform physical examinations, make tentative diagnoses, and treat patients en route to hospitals or at disaster site triage centers.
  18. Conduct specified laboratory tests.
  19. Prescribe or recommend drugs, medical devices, or other forms of treatment, such as physical therapy, inhalation therapy, or related therapeutic procedures.
  20. Direct or coordinate infection control programs, advising or consulting with specified personnel about necessary precautions.
  21. Perform administrative or managerial functions, such as taking responsibility for a unit's staff, budget, planning, or long-range goals.
  22. Provide or arrange for training or instruction of auxiliary personnel or students.
  23. Refer students or patients to specialized health resources or community agencies furnishing assistance.
  24. Consult with institutions or associations regarding issues or concerns relevant to the practice and profession of nursing.
  25. Work with individuals, groups, or families to plan or implement programs designed to improve the overall health of communities.
  26. Engage in research activities related to nursing.
  27. Administer medications to patients and monitor patients for reactions or side effects.

National Industry Employment Patterns

Industry % of Registered Nurses employed Annual Growth Rate
General medical and surgical hospitals 56.3 0.70
Offices of physicians 6.5 1.13
Home health care services 6 3.94
Nursing care facilities, skilled nursing 5 -0.34
Outpatient care centers 4.7 3.20
Other hospitals 2.4 3.24

Labor Market Information

2020 Statewide average hourly wage $36.92
2020 National average hourly wage $38.47
2018 National employment 3,059,800
2018 Texas employment 216,124
Texas projected employment by 2028 252,330
Texas projected annual employment and Turnover openings through 2028 16,129

* Due to confidentiality rules, not all regions may have the data displayed. The sum of all the regions may not be equal to the state total.

Top 10 Relevant Knowledge Areas Relevant Importance Levels
Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Customer and Personal Service
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
English Language
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Therapy and Counseling
Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Public Safety and Security
Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Top 10 Relevant Skill Areas Relevant Importance Levels
Social Perceptiveness
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Service Orientation
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Active Listening
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Reading Comprehension
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Top 10 Relevant Abilities Relevant Importance Levels
Problem Sensitivity
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Deductive Reasoning
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning
The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Oral Comprehension
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Information Ordering
The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Near Vision
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Speech Clarity
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Speech Recognition
The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
    -- Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Documenting/Recording Information
    -- Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Getting Information
    -- Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
    -- Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
    -- Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Other Activities

  • Relationships
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Support
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.


Acute care fetal or maternal monitoring units or accessories: Bilimeters; Fetal monitors; Fetal scalp electrodes;

Apnea monitors or accessories: Apnea monitors;

Arm traction supplies: Bucks traction equipment;

Arterial blood gas monitors or accessories: Arterial blood gas testing equipment;

Arterial line catheters: Arterial line catheters;

Audiometers or accessories: Audiometers;

Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles: Defibrillators;

Autotransfusion units: Autotransfusion systems;

Benchtop centrifuges: Centrifuges;

Binocular light compound microscopes: Binocular light compound microscopes;

Blood collection needle: Blood collection needles;

Blood warming or transfusion systems: Blood warming equipment;

Breathing circuit bags: Bag-valve masks;

Canes or cane accessories: Canes;

Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories: Cardiac monitor electrodes; Cardiac monitors;

Cardiac pacemaker generator or cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker CRT-P: Pacemakers;

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR protective shields or masks: One-way valve protective shields;

Cervical collars or neck braces: Cervical collars;

Clinical hydraulic lifts or accessories: Mechanical lift devices;

Clinical incubators or infant warmers: Isolettes; Infant warmers;

Clinical trapeze bars: Overhead clinical trapezes;

Colposcopes or vaginoscopes or accessories: Colposcopes;

Continuous passive motion CPM devices or accessories: Continuous passive motion CPM machines;

Crutches or crutch accessories: Crutches;

Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets: Angiocaths; Pulmonary artery catheters;

Electrocardiography EKG transmitter or telemetry or accessories: Telemetry units;

Electrocardiography EKG units: Electrocardiography EKG units;

Electronic blood pressure units: Manual blood pressure monitors; Electronic blood pressure monitors;

Electronic encyclopedias: Medical encyclopedias;

Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment: Electrosurgical devices; Grounding pads; Loop electrosurgical excision procedure LEEP equipment;

Emergency medical services head immobilizers: Head immobilizers;

Emergency medical services torso immobilizers: Torso immobilizers;

Endoscopic or surgical light sources or accessories: Surgical lights;

Endotracheal tubes: Endotracheal ET tubes;

Enema kits or accessories: Enema equipment;

Enteral feeding administration sets: Continuous enteral feeding equipment; Intermittent enteral feeding equipment;

Enteral feeding infusion pump tubing sets: Infusion pump enteral feeding tubes;

Epidural anesthesia kit or tray: Epidural catheters;

Extremity restraints: Limb restraints;

Eye charts or vision cards: Snellen eye charts;

Flexible endoscopes or accessories or related products: Gastrointestinal GI endoscopes; Flexible sigmoidoscopes; Colonoscopy equipment;

Floor grade forceps or hemostats: Curved hemostats; Hemostats; Straight hemostats;

Flow sensors or regulators or components: Oxygen flowmeters; Oxygen regulators;

Gait belts for rehabilitation or therapy: Gait belts;

Gastric decompression tubes: Levine tubes;

Glucose monitors or meters: Capillary glucose monitors; Glucose testing equipment;

Hand held doppler or accessories: Doppler pulse measurement devices;

Hand or finger traction supplies: Skin traction equipment;

Head or neck traction supplies: Cervical traction equipment;

Heating or drying equipment or accessories: Swab dryers;

Hemodialysis dialyzer reprocessing systems: Photopheresis systems;

Hypodermic needle: Intramuscular needles; Subcutaneous hypodermic needles;

Infusion pump kits or accessories: Insulin pumps; Epidural pumps;

Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB machines: Ventilators;

Intraaortic balloon pump and accessories: Intra-aortic balloon pumps IABP;

Intracranial pressure ICP monitoring units or accessories: Intracranial pressure monitors;

Intravenous infusion pump analyzers or sensors: Infusion control devices;

Intravenous or arterial extension tubing: Intravenous IV tubing;

Intravenous or arterial tubing adapters or connectors or locks or caps or protectors: Peripheral intravenous IV locks; Heparin locks;

Intravenous syringe infusion pumps: Intravenous syringe pumps;

Intravenous tubing with catheter administration kits: Intravenous IV equipment;

Intubation stylets: Intubation stylets;

Lancets: Heelstick blood sampling equipment; Lancets;

Lap mayo trays or mayo stands for surgical use or accessories: Mayo trays;

Laryngoscopes or accessories: Laryngoscope blades;

Laser printers: Laser printers;

Leg traction supplies: Balanced suspension traction equipment; Russell's traction equipment;

Long term continuous electrocardiography EKG or holter monitoring systems: Computerized electrocardiography EKG and hemodynamic monitoring systems;

Lower extremity prosthetic devices: Lower extremity prosthetic devices;

Manual resuscitators: Manual resuscitation bags; Manually operated oxygen supply resuscitators;

Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory: Mechanical stethoscopes;

Medical gas cylinders or related devices: Oxygen tanks;

Medical head hoods: Oxyhoods;

Medical incision drains: Jackson-Pratt drains; Hemovac drains;

Medical nasal cannulae: Nasal cannulas;

Medical oxygen masks or parts: Partial masks; Non-rebreather masks; Ventimasks;

Medical staple or clip removers: Staple removers;

Medical suction or vacuum appliances: Nasal suctioning equipment; Oral suctioning equipment; Suction equipment; Tracheal suctioning equipment;

Medical suction sets or kits: Pleuravacs;

Medical syringe without needle: Syringes;

Medical tuning forks: Medical tuning forks;

Medication or pill dispensers or accessories: Automated medicine dispensing equipment;

Multiparameter vital sign unit or accessories: Transport cardiac monitors;

Nasogastric tubes: Nasogastric tubes;

Nebulizer or accessories: Nebulizers;

Non invasive bi level machines: Bilevel positive airway pressure BiPAP ventilators;

Non invasive continuous positive air pressure machines: Continuous positive airway pressure CPAP ventilators;

Notebook computers: Notebook computers;

Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets: Otoscopes;

Orthopedic splint systems: Splints;

Orthopedic traction hardware or weights: Traction equipment;

Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies: Oxygen administration equipment;

Patient bed or table scales for general use: Bed scales;

Patient care beds or accessories for general use: Hospital beds;

Patient controlled analgesia infusion pumps: Patient controlled analgesia PCA pumps;

Patient lifts or accessories: Patient lifters;

Patient motion sensors or alarms or accessories: Infant security sensors;

Pelvis or back traction supplies: Pelvic traction equipment;

Perfusion oxygen or hematocrit saturation monitors or accessories: Venous Oxygen Saturation SVO2 monitors;

Peripheral intravenous catheters for general use: Double lumen catheters; Peripheral angiocaths; Peripheral butterflys; Single lumen catheters; Triple lumen catheters;

Personal computers: Pocket personal computers PC; Personal computers;

Phacoemulsification or extrusion equipment or accessories for ophthalmic surgery: Phaco apparatus; Phaco consoles;

Pulse oximeter units: Pulse oximeters;

Radio frequency transmitters or receivers: Telemedicine equipment;

Reflex hammers or mallets: Reflex hammers; Percussion hammers;

Respiratory aspirator products or accessories: Meconium aspirators;

Respiratory humidifiers or vaporizers: T-pieces with aerosol;

Respiratory manometer kits: Manometers;

Restraint straps or buckles or accessories or supplies: Leather restraints;

Restraint vests and jackets: Vest restraints;

Sexual assault determination kits: Rape kits;

Spill kits: Chemotherapy spill kits;

Spine boards: Spine boards;

Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies: Incentive spirometers;

Sputum collection apparatus or containers: Lukens traps;

Steam autoclaves or sterilizers: Autoclaves; Flash sterilizers;

Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories: Occlusion clamps; Surgical clamps;

Surgical drapes: Surgical drapes;

Surgical needle holders for general use: Suture needleholders;

Surgical retractors for general use: Retractors;

Surgical scalpels or knives or blades or trephines or accessories: Scalpels;

Surgical suction machines or vacuum extractors or ultrasonic surgical aspirators or regulators or accessories: Vacuum extractors;

Suture needles: Suture needles;

Suture removal kits or trays or packs or sets: Suture removal kits;

Tablet computers: Tablet computers;

Therapeutic heating or cooling blankets or drapes: Hyper/hypothermia blankets; Cooling blankets;

Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs: Aqua K pads;

Tourniquets: Tourniquets;

Tracheostomy accessories: Tracheostomy collars;

Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation units: Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment;

Tuberculin syringes: Tuberculosis TB skin test equipment;

Ultraviolet UV lamps: Phototherapy equipment;

Umbilical catheters: Umbilical catheters;

Upper extremity prosthetic devices: Upper extremity prosthetic devices;

Urinalysis analyzers: Urine analysis equipment;

Urinalysis test strips: Urinalysis test strips;

Urinary catheterization kit: Urinary catheters;

Urological procedure trays or packs or kits: Bladder irrigation equipment;

Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers: Evacuated blood collection tubes;

Vaginal exam specula: Pelvic specula;

Vascular or compression apparel or support: Anti-embolism elastic stockings;

Vascular sequential compression devices or tubing: Sequential compression devices;

Ventricular assist devices: Ventricular assist devices VAD;

Vision testing stereoscopes: Titmus vision screeners;

Walkers or rollators: Walkers;


Calendar and scheduling software: Per-Se Technologies ORSOS One-Call;

Categorization or classification software: Diagnostic and procedural coding software;

Data base user interface and query software: FileMaker Pro; Data entry software; Microsoft Access;

Electronic mail software: Microsoft Outlook; Microsoft Exchange; IBM Notes;

Human resources software: Oracle Taleo; Human resource management software HRMS;

Information retrieval or search software: Drug guide software;

Medical software: Electronic medical record EMR software; Epic Systems; DoctorsPartner EMR; Allscripts Misys Healthcare Systems; Allscripts Sunrise Clinical Manager; Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS; Henry Schein Dentrix; HMS; PointClickCare; Prognosis Innovation Healthcare ChartAccess; QuadraMed Affinity Healthcare Information System; Siemens SIENET Sky; Medical condition coding software; Medical procedure coding software; MEDITECH software; PCC EHR;

Office suite software: Microsoft Office; Google Drive;

Operating system software: Microsoft Windows;

Presentation software: Microsoft PowerPoint;

Project management software: Microsoft Project; Microsoft SharePoint;

Spreadsheet software: Microsoft Excel;

Time accounting software: Kronos Workforce Timekeeper;

Video conferencing software: FaceTime;

Video creation and editing software: YouTube;

Web page creation and editing software: LinkedIn;

Word processing software: Google Docs; Microsoft Word;

Related O*NET occupational titles for Registered Nurses include:
  • 29-1141.01 Acute Care Nurses
  • 29-2031.00 Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
  • 29-1141.03 Critical Care Nurses
  • 39-1022.00 First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers
  • 29-2061.00 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
  • 31-9092.00 Medical Assistants
  • 29-2053.00 Psychiatric Technicians
  • 29-1126.00 Respiratory Therapists

Sources of Additional Information
  • For more information about registered nurses, including credentialing, visit: American Nurses Association
  • For more information about nursing education and being a registered nurse, visit: American Society of Registered Nurses
  • Johnson & Johnson, Discover Nursing
  • National League for Nursing
  • National Student Nurses' Association
  • For more information about undergraduate and graduate nursing education, nursing career options, and financial aid, visit: American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • For more information about the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) and a list of individual state boards of nursing, visit: National Council of State Boards of Nursing
  • For more information about clinical nurse specialists, including a list of accredited programs, visit: National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • CareerOneStop

  • For a career video on registered nurses, visit: Registered Nurses
  • Acute Care Nurses
  • Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Critical Care Nurses
  • Registered Nurses

  • Contact Texas Workforce Commission
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    Official Website  |  1-800-822-PLAN (7526)  |  512.936.3200

    ** The information in this report may be derived from many sources like O*NET, BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), OOH (Occupational Outlook Handbook), and Career One Stop.