Registered Nurses(RN) Overview

by Maria Pavel on February 1, 2011

Registered Nurses, or RNs, hold a challenging, yet rewarding, job. They make up the bulk of health care workers and are responsible for supervising Licensed Practical Nurses, or LPNs, and Certified Nursing Assistants. RNs are often responsible for giving out assignments in hospitals.

The hours are hard as they can work evenings, nights, weekends, or on call hours. They’re also exposed to a myriad of different medical conditions. That’s probably the down side of being an RN. The upside is that they make decent money and are rewarded with knowing they’ve made a difference for their patients and their patients’ families.

Registered Nurses

Registered Nurses

Most RNs work in hospitals, clinics or other health care facilities. Some of their positions find them more in charge of the staff. In these positions, they don’t interact with the patients a lot.

However, the typical duties of a Registered Nurse include:

1. Taking a patient’s medical history and observation and recording of symptoms.
2. Coming up with a plan to care for patients or adding to one that’s already in place, then implementing the plan.
3. Managing LPNs and CNAs while assigning tasks to them.
4. Advising patients and their families while also offering emotional support to them.

If a Registered Nurse chooses to work in a different environment, there are many nursing careers they can choose from. These include nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and clinical nurse specialists.

Another career path that a Registered Nurse can take is that of a Certified Nursing Assistant instructor. The only requirements to do this are 2 years of actual working experience as a Registered Nurse and 1 year of working with elderly patients. Most states typically have a training course that a Registered Nurse must successfully complete.

This can be a very rewarding career in its own right as these instructors are responsible to suitably train Certified Nursing Assistants to fill the much needed positions available all over the place in hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes.

In fact, many CNAs go on to become Registered Nurses in the years to come. Once they have worked in the health care field for a while, they decide that they love the work and want to be able to do more. It can be a stepping stone on the road to even more rewarding work in the medical field.

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