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.
A person in this career:
- 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
- Work as part of a team with physicians and other healthcare specialists.
- Direct and supervise licensed practical nurse and nursing assistants.
- 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
Working Conditions and Physical Demands
- A lot of time walking, bending, stretching, and standing is required.
- Must lift and move patients often
- Risk of exposure to infectious diseases, and potentially harmful and hazardous drugs and other substances.
Important Qualities to possess
- Critical-thinking skills
- Communication skills.
- Detail oriented.
- Emotional stability.
- Organizational skills.
- Physical stamina.
Information from: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Registered Nurses, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm.