Registered Nurse (RN)

A Registered Nurse (RN) is a professional nurse who has completed a course of study at an approved and accredited school of nursing and who has passed the National Council of Licensure Examination. Nurses may specialize in a field of medicine like pediatrics, home care, hospice, mental health, oncology, labor/delivery, or surgery. Most RNs work directly with patients and their families. They are the primary point of contact between the patient, families, and the doctor. RNs perform frequent patient evaluations, including monitoring and tracking vital signs, performing procedures such as IV placement, phlebotomy, and administering medications. The RN is usually first to notice problems or raise concerns about patient progress. RNs also Registered nurses have more opportunities and responsibilities than ever before. As medical care has improved over the years, nursing responsibilities have increased.

Nursing job duties include and may not be performed in all specialized areas of nursing:

  • The promotion of health and hygiene
  • Disease prevention
  • Treat ill patients
  • Teach and educate
  • Provide direct patient care
  • Development of nursing care plans
  • Administer medication
  • Communication with patient's families