Positions for registered nurses are among the most popular Colorado medical jobs (Click here).
Registered nurses are responsible for assessing patient health problems and needs, developing and implementing nursing care plans, and maintaining medical records. They administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent or disabled patients.
These workers also may advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Registered nurses include advanced practiced nurses such as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives and certified registered nurse anesthetists.
The Colorado Department of Labor & Employment considers registered nurses to be an in demand occupation. In order to become a registered nurse, you must first obtain the proper required license or registration.
During 2008, the median wage for registered nurses in Colorado was $30.76 per hour, or $63,979 per year.
Registered nursing employment is expected to increase from 40,884 workers during 2008 to 53,126 by 2018, accounting for a 2.7 percent average increase each year and a total of 12,242 additional jobs.
The industries that employed the most registered nurses in Colorado during 2009 were:
- Hospitals at 58.8 percent
- Ambulatory healthcare services at 21.5 percent
- Nursing and residential care facilities at 5.9 percent
- Administrative and support services at 4.1 percent
- Educational services at 2.2 percent
- Professional and technical services at .6 percent
- Social assistance at .6 percent
- Management of companies and enterprises at .6 percent
- Insurance carriers and related activities at .5 percent
- Membership organizations and associations at .2 percent