How to write a Registered Nurse (RN) job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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What does a Registered Nurse do?

Registered Nurses assist Physicians with providing patient care by performing examinations and tests, administering medication, treating wounds and a myriad of other duties. They also act as a liaison between patients and doctors and answer questions or offer guidance for patient families. Often Registered Nurses will oversee a team of other healthcare professionals and will delegate tasks to them. The exact duties of a Registered Nurse will vary depending on the work environment; they may work in health clinics, hospitals, rehab centers and beyond.

Registered Nurse (RN) job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Registered Nurse (RN) job titles

  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Registered Nurse Manager
  • School Nurse
  • Staff Nurse
  • Registered Nurse (Part-Time)
  • Registered Staff Nurse

Registered Nurse (RN) job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Registered Nurse (RN) job summary

Do you love providing compassionate care to children who suffer from illnesses or injuries? Our hospital is in need of a Registered Nurse (RN) for our pediatric department. The successful candidate will love working with children and have extensive experience communicating with youth. We’re looking for a highly professional RN who is comfortable reassuring parents and communicating with doctors as well as tending to the needs of his or her patients. We offer a positive, upbeat work environment where all medical personnel work together for the good of the patient, and we hope you’ll want to join our team.

Registered Nurse (RN) responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Registered Nurse (RN) responsibilities

  • Administer medications, provide vaccinations and render treatment to pediatric patients
  • Communicate with physicians, LPNs, radiologists and other medical professionals
  • Collaborate with physicians to create a Plan of Care for each patient
  • Consider the age of the patient and his or her emotional stability when determining appropriate treatment
  • Create and contribute to patients’ medical records as needed
  • Respond to inquiries, concerns and complaints from patients and their parents or guardians
  • Track and maintain medical supply inventory along with other staff members
  • Counsel patients and family members before, during and after treatment

Registered Nurse (RN) qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Registered Nurse (RN) skills

  • 3+ years’ nursing experience, preferably in a pediatric care facility
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing required
  • Valid nursing license
  • Advanced knowledge of EMRs
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule and to fill in when needed
  • Excellent bedside manner and communication skills
  • Ability to explain treatments and conditions to children of all ages
  • Working knowledge of health care laws and regulations

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Job Description Examples

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