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Working As A Staff Professional

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $77,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Staff Professional Do

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

Duties

Registered nurses typically do the following:

  • Record patients’ medical histories and symptoms
  • Administer patients’ medicines and treatments
  • Set up plans for patients’ care or contribute to existing plans
  • Observe patients and record the observations
  • Consult and collaborate with doctors and other healthcare professionals
  • Operate and monitor medical equipment
  • Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze the results
  • Teach patients and their families how to manage illnesses or injuries
  • Explain what to do at home after treatment

Most registered nurses work as part of a team with physicians and other healthcare specialists. Some registered nurses oversee licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants, and home health aides.

Registered nurses’ duties and titles often depend on where they work and the patients they work with. For example, an oncology nurse may work with cancer patients or a geriatric nurse may work with elderly patients. Some registered nurses combine one or more areas of practice. For example, a pediatric oncology nurse works with children and teens who have cancer.

Many possibilities for working with specific patient groups exist. The following list includes just a few examples:

Addiction nurses care for patients who need help to overcome addictions to alcohol, drugs, and other substances.

Cardiovascular nurses care for patients with heart disease and people who have had heart surgery.

Critical care nurses work in intensive-care units in hospitals, providing care to patients with serious, complex, and acute illnesses and injuries that need very close monitoring and treatment.

Genetics nurses provide screening, counseling, and treatment for patients with genetic disorders, such as cystic fibrosis.

Neonatology nurses take care of newborn babies.

Nephrology nurses care for patients who have kidney-related health issues stemming from diabetes, high blood pressure, substance abuse, or other causes.

Rehabilitation nurses care for patients with temporary or permanent disabilities.

Registered nurses may work to promote public health, by educating people on warning signs and symptoms of disease or managing chronic health conditions. They may also run health screenings, immunization clinics, blood drives, or other community outreach programs. Other nurses staff the health clinics in schools.

Some nurses do not work directly with patients, but they must still have an active registered nurse license. For example, they may work as nurse educators, healthcare consultants, public policy advisors, researchers, hospital administrators, salespeople for pharmaceutical and medical supply companies, or as medical writers and editors.

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) are a type of advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). They provide direct patient care in one of many nursing specialties, such as psychiatric-mental health or pediatrics. CNSs also provide indirect care, by working with other nurses and various other staff to improve the quality of care that patients receive. They often serve in leadership roles and may educate and advise other nursing staff. CNSs also may conduct research and may advocate for certain policies.

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How To Become A Staff Professional

Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses also must be licensed.

Education

In all nursing education programs, students take courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology, and other social and behavioral sciences, as well as in liberal arts. BSN programs typically take 4 years to complete; ADN and diploma programs usually take 2 to 3 years to complete. All programs include supervised clinical experience.

Bachelor’s degree programs usually include additional education in the physical and social sciences, communication, leadership, and critical thinking. These programs also offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings. A bachelor’s degree or higher is often necessary for administrative positions, research, consulting, and teaching.

Generally, licensed graduates of any of the three types of education programs (bachelor’s, associate’s, or diploma) qualify for entry-level positions as a staff nurse. However, employers—particularly those in hospitals—may require a bachelor’s degree.

Many registered nurses with an ADN or diploma choose to go back to school to earn a bachelor’s degree through an RN-to-BSN program. There are also master’s degree programs in nursing, combined bachelor’s and master’s programs, and accelerated programs for those who wish to enter the nursing profession and already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. Some employers offer tuition reimbursement.

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) must earn a master’s degree in nursing and typically already have 1 or more years of work experience as an RN or in a related field. CNSs who conduct research typically need a doctoral degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories, registered nurses must have a nursing license. To become licensed, nurses must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Other requirements for licensing vary by state. Each state’s board of nursing can give details. For more information on the NCLEX-RN and a list of state boards of nursing, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Nurses may become certified through professional associations in specific areas, such as ambulatory care, gerontology, and pediatrics, among others. Although certification is usually voluntary, it demonstrates adherence to a higher standard, and some employers require it.

CNSs must satisfy additional state licensing requirements, such as earning specialty certifications. Contact state boards of nursing for specific requirements.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. Registered nurses must be able to assess changes in the health status of patients, including determining when to take corrective action and when to make referrals.

Communication skills. Registered nurses must be able to communicate effectively with patients in order to understand their concerns and assess their health conditions. Nurses need to explain instructions, such as how to take medication, clearly. They must be able to work in teams with other health professionals and communicate the patients’ needs.

Compassion. Registered nurses should be caring and empathetic when caring for patients.

Detail oriented. Registered nurses must be responsible and detail oriented because they must make sure that patients get the correct treatments and medicines at the right time.

Emotional stability. Registered nurses need emotional resilience and the ability to manage their emotions to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.

Organizational skills. Nurses often work with multiple patients with various health needs. Organizational skills are critical to ensure that each patient is given appropriate care.

Physical stamina. Nurses should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as moving patients. They may be on their feet for most of their shift.

Advancement

Most registered nurses begin as staff nurses in hospitals or community health settings. With experience, good performance, and continuous education, they can move to other settings or be promoted to positions with more responsibility.

In management, nurses can advance from assistant clinical nurse manager, charge nurse, or head nurse to more senior-level administrative roles, such as assistant director or director of nursing, vice president of nursing, or chief nursing officer. Increasingly, management-level nursing positions are requiring a graduate degree in nursing or health services administration. Administrative positions require leadership, communication skills, negotiation skills, and good judgment.

Some nurses move into the business side of healthcare. Their nursing expertise and experience on a healthcare team equip them to manage ambulatory, acute, home-based, and chronic care businesses. Employers—including hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and managed care organizations, among others—need registered nurses for jobs in health planning and development, marketing, consulting, policy development, and quality assurance.

Some RNs choose to become nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, or nurse practitioners, which, along with clinical nurse specialists, are types of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). APRNs may provide primary and specialty care, and in many states they may prescribe medications.

Other nurses work as postsecondary teachers in colleges and universities.

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Staff Professional Career Paths

Staff Professional
Certified Nursing Assistant Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Licensed Practical Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Consultant Case Manager Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Supervisor Case Manager
Medical Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Office Manager Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Consultant Nurse Nursing Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Team Leader Assistant Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Superintendent
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Program Manager Program Director
Director Of Health Services
10 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Owner Assistant Director
Managed Care Director
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Clinic Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Case Manager
Director Of Case Management
11 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Instructor Therapist
Clinical Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Senior Technician Specialist Nursing Director
Director Of Staff Development
7 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Senior Technician Specialist Director Of Social Services
Director Of Admissions And Marketing
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Engineer Director Nursing Director
Patient Relations Director
10 Yearsyrs
Staff Engineer Program Manager Assistant To The Director
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Staff Engineer Supervisor Clinical Supervisor
Health Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Instructor Lead Teacher House Manager
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Instructor Administrator Registered Nurse Case Manager
Health Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$77,000
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$35,000
Min 10%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$167,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
GEI Consultants
Highest Paying City
Boulder, CO
Highest Paying State
South Dakota
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Staff Professional make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Staff Professional in the United States is $77,209 per year or $37 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $35,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $167,000.

Real Staff Professional Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Staff Professional II Kleinfelder West, Inc. Oakland, CA Sep 27, 2013 $85,197
Staff Professional II Kleinfelder, Inc. Oakland, CA Sep 27, 2013 $85,197
Staff Professional, Engineer II Fugro Consultants, Inc. Austin, TX Jun 16, 2014 $85,000
Staff Professional IBM Corporation Somers, NY Jul 17, 2014 $82,659
Staff Professional II Kleinfelder Tulsa, OK Mar 31, 2016 $82,389
Staff Professional (Enviromental Engineer) SCS Engineers Long Beach, CA Jan 09, 2016 $81,931
Staff Professional, Engineer Fugro Roadware, Inc. Houston, TX May 20, 2016 $79,306
Staff Professional II Kleinfelder, Inc. Oakland, CA Sep 27, 2010 $79,227 -
$85,000
Staff Professional II Kleinfelder, Inc. Irving, TX Apr 14, 2016 $77,750 -
$82,000
Staff Professional II Kleinfelder, Inc. Long Beach, CA May 05, 2012 $77,459
Staff Professional, Civil Engineering Fugro Consultants, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 01, 2014 $77,064
Staff Professional, Engineer II Fugro Consultants, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 03, 2016 $76,794
Staff Professional, Engineer II Fugro Consultants, Inc. Kenner, LA Sep 06, 2014 $72,925
Engineer II, Staff Professional Fugro Consultants, Inc. Gainesville, FL Jan 10, 2014 $72,376
Engineer II, Staff Professional Fugro Consultants, Inc. Gainesville, FL Oct 01, 2014 $72,376
Staff Professional II Kleinfelder, Inc. Redmond, WA Sep 11, 2011 $72,176 -
$82,000
Staff Professional, Engineer II Fugro Consultants, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 12, 2013 $72,100
Staff Professional, Engineer II Fugro Consultants, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 03, 2013 $72,100
Staff Professional, Engineer Fugro Roadware, Inc. Austin, TX Jan 08, 2014 $68,021
Staff Professional, Engineer Fugro Roadware, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 20, 2014 $68,016
Staff Professional, Engineer II Fugro Consultants, Inc. Norfolk, VA Sep 02, 2015 $68,000
Staff Professional II Kleinfelder West, Inc. Irving, TX Nov 15, 2013 $67,226 -
$71,989
Staff Professional Fugro Consultants, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 01, 2011 $67,200
Staff Professional, Engineer II Fugro Consultants, Inc. Gainesville, FL Sep 09, 2016 $66,560
Staff Professional II Kleinfelder, Inc. CA Nov 15, 2010 $66,352 -
$75,000

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Top Skills for A Staff Professional

  1. Professional Staff
  2. Patient Care
  3. Vital Signs
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  • Awarded position of Senior Professional Staff by demonstrating flexibility, dependability, and commitment to goals of mission statement.
  • Managed coordination of interdisciplinary efforts of enhanced patient care.
  • Assisted consumers with taking vital signs, dispensed medication and gave diabetics insulin when needed.
  • Complete physical checks and monitor patients to detect unusual or harmful behavior and report observations to professional staff.
  • Provided a warm, nurturing, and safe environment where youths could flourish.

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Top 10 Best States for Staff Professionals

  1. Hawaii
  2. Oregon
  3. Massachusetts
  4. New York
  5. Minnesota
  6. Nevada
  7. New Jersey
  8. Connecticut
  9. California
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Staff Professional Demographics

Gender

Female

47.7%

Male

39.2%

Unknown

13.0%
Ethnicity

White

62.4%

Black or African American

13.4%

Hispanic or Latino

12.6%

Asian

7.8%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.4%

French

10.3%

Chinese

5.2%

German

3.4%

Japanese

3.4%

Hindi

3.4%

Arabic

3.4%

Tamil

3.4%

Portuguese

1.7%

Telugu

1.7%

Vietnamese

1.7%

Yoruba

1.7%

Carrier

1.7%

Cantonese

1.7%

Mandarin

1.7%

Italian

1.7%
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Staff Professional Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.4%

Johns Hopkins University

10.4%

George Washington University

8.5%

George Mason University

7.0%

Michigan State University

6.0%

American University

5.5%

Georgetown University

5.0%

Strayer University

5.0%

University of Maryland - University College

4.5%

Ohio State University

4.5%

North Carolina State University

3.5%

Pennsylvania State University

3.5%

DePaul University

3.5%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

3.5%

Iowa State University

3.5%

University of South Florida

3.0%

Arizona State University

3.0%

Florida State University

3.0%

Shepherd University

3.0%

Liberty University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

18.3%

Nursing

9.7%

Accounting

8.6%

Psychology

7.2%

Civil Engineering

6.7%

Political Science

6.0%

Management

4.4%

Criminal Justice

4.3%

Finance

3.4%

Health Care Administration

3.4%

Social Work

3.3%

Education

3.3%

Medical Assisting Services

3.3%

Geology

3.1%

Computer Science

2.9%

Communication

2.6%

General Studies

2.4%

Nursing Assistants

2.4%

Environmental Science

2.4%

Educational Leadership

2.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

35.3%

Masters

26.6%

Other

20.2%

Associate

7.6%

Doctorate

4.7%

Certificate

3.7%

Diploma

1.3%

License

0.6%
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