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Fast Facts About Nursing

Could a new career path be a on the horizon for you? The field of nursing is a career path that is not only rewarding, but more important than ever before. Here are some fast facts about this exciting field to give you a better idea what becoming a nurse is all about. 


Common Job Titles:

  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Home Health Aide
  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)
  • Preoperative Nurse (Operating Room RN)
  • Home Care Nurse
  • Nurse/Staff Nurse
  • Medical/Surgical RN

What Does a Nurse Do?


Here are just a few of the tasks a registered nurse might complete during a shift.

  • Conduct physical exams
  • Perform physicians' orders (Give treatments, administer medication, begin IVs, and other personalized interventions)
  • Take patient medical history
  • Administer care to injured, ill, or disabled patients
  • Maintain a safe, hygienic work environment 
  • Educate patients on their medical conditions and treatments
  • Provide emotional and psychological support to patients and family members
  • Supervise the duties of nursing aides, assistants, and LPNs

Salary Expectation

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 194,500 openings for registered nurses are projected each year over the next decade. Glassdoor.com says the current average salary for registered nurses in the Boston, MA area is $77,598.

How to Become a Nurse

There are many pathways into the nursing field. Some nurses choose to enter the healthcare profession through a non-degree certificate program, working as a licensed practical nurse or certified nursing assistant. Others earn associate, bachelor’s, or advanced degrees that allow them to take on more responsibilities and earn higher salaries. 

At Labouré, you’ll find flexible options whether you’re new to nursing, a career changer, or a working nurse looking for opportunities to grow. 

Did you know…?

Labouré College of Healthcare graduates the most nursing students in Massachusetts each year. 

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