A Registered Nurse (RN) is one of many different types of nurses. A registered nurse is a nurse who has completed at least an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN) and has successfully passed the NCLEX-RN certification exam.

After becoming an RN, some nurses go on to become an advanced practice RN (APRN) such as a Clinical Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) or other more highly specialized role.

RNs can work in a medical office or a hospital, in a variety of medical specialties and areas.

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