A charge nurse will serve as a supervisor of other nurses on a unit while still seeing their own patients. They may have to do all of the scheduling for their floor, train new nurses, and attend meetings with hospital leadership.
Completing a two-year college program or four-year bachelor's degree in nursing is required to obtain these positions. Some hospital positions may require nurses to have a bachelor’s degree.
The job outlook for nurses (in general) looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.
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Nurses typically work in hospitals, doctor's offices, residential care facilities, schools, and in home healthcare. Because many healthcare facilities are open around the clock, nurses may be required to work nights, weekends, holidays, or any combination of these. In addition, this can be a physically demanding job. Nurses may be required to lift or move patients, and they may also spend most of the day on their feet.
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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
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