What Does a Registered Nurse Do?
Are you actively looking for ways to help people that allow you to utilize your superior communication skills, quick reactions and ability to perform in a crisis? If you’d like to share your gifts with others in a medical setting, a nursing career can help set you on a path of fulfillment.
What kind of employment options are open to RNs?
Registered nurses have a wide array of exciting career options in diverse settings. It allows you to specialize in an area that interests you. In a hospital, you could be a charge nurse, emergency department RN, oncology RN, cardiac RN, operating room RN or the Director of Nursing. You might choose a career as a school nurse, prison nurse, addiction nurse, emergency triage nurse or military nurse.
Registered nurses run blood drives, health screenings, immunization clinics and other community outreach programs that promote public health. They educate people on warning signs and symptoms of disease and help them learn to manage chronic health conditions. Some coordinate infection control programs, and other RNs work as researchers, healthcare consultants and public policy advisors. You could even become a sales rep for a pharmaceutical or medical supply company, or combine nursing with your love of writing in a career as a medical writer or editor.
What duties can I perform as a registered nurse?
Most RNs work as part of a health care team, and many oversee licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants and home health aides. Job duties vary based on the setting, but typically include:
- Perform physical examinations and make tentative diagnoses
- Administer medications to patients and monitor them for reactions or side effects
- Administer local or IV anesthetics to patients
- Assist surgeons during operations
- Prepare and stock sterile treatment and operating rooms with instruments, equipment, and supplies
- Record patients' medical information and vital signs
- Conduct laboratory tests
- Order and interpret diagnostic tests to evaluate patient's condition
- Prescribe drugs, medical devices, or other forms of treatment, such as physical therapy or inhalation therapy
What is the job growth outlook for registered nurses?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment of registered nurses to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, adding 439,300 new positions. This much-faster-than-average growth rate is due to an increased emphasis on preventive care, increases in chronic conditions, and aging baby boomers.
What credentials do I need to practice as an RN?
Registered nurses usually obtain either an Associate degree in nursing or a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. This qualifies you to sit for the NCLEX-RN, or National Council Licensure Examination, to obtain your required license.
Nurses are the backbone of the healthcare team, and their roles are continuing to be needed. This career path can be exciting and fulfilling role that allows you to helping others. If this sounds like you, then hopefully this allows you to gain the confidence to being a career as a nurse.
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