Registered Nurse careers
At St. Charles Health System you have the potential to reach your nursing career goals with our encouragement and support. You have the opportunity to create your own career path in the nursing field with many personal and professional rewards. By planning your path based on your interests, knowledge about the choices you have, and the educational requirements, you will have the necessary tools to reach your goal.
Depending upon your degree, national certification and years of nursing experience.
Successful candidates should possess:
- Associate and/or bachelor degree in nursing.
- Exceptional organizational skills with the ability to prioritize, set goals, maintain focus and follow through under a variety of working conditions.
- High level of attention to detail and passion for delivering high-quality patient care.
- Excellent critical thinking skills using sound judgment and creative problem solving skills in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
- Demonstrated competency with electronic medical record systems and/or other computer applications.
- Excellent communication, customer service and teamwork skills.
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Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
CNAs assist nurses in daily hygiene, bedside care, vital-sign measurement, common health problems and chronic illnesses in long-term care facilities and hospitals. St. Charles employs more than 170 CNAs at any given time. Certification requirements for CNAs in Oregon may be found at http://www.osbn.state.or.us/OSBN/CNAcertification.html. Many CNAs further their schooling to become RNs.
Registered Nurse (RN)
The most common nursing education involves a two-year program in which you receive an associate's degree in nursing. A bachelor's degree in nursing is a four-year program that focuses on leadership development along with the general studies and nursing education. For information on obtaining an RN license in Oregon, go to http://www.osbn.state.or.us/OSBN/RN-LPNlicensure.shtml.
Nursing Management or Nursing Education
Obtaining a BSN provides increased opportunities for a career in nursing management and education.
You might choose to earn a master's degree if you are interested in specializing in a certain area, such as clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner or certified registered nurse anesthetist. Or, you may decide to work as an educator in a hospital or nursing school, nurse manager, public health or health care informatics. There are many other post-masters certificates and doctoral programs available to career nurses.