What does a Registered Nurse do?
Registered Nurses typically work for hospitals, healthcare clinics, rehabilitation facilities or care homes to provide medical support to Doctors and their patients. They work closely with other Registered Nurses to divide care tasks, conduct health assessments and administer medication to their patients. Their job is to insert IVs, check their patients’ vital signs, give vaccinations and helping patients feel comfortable. They may also be responsible for assisting a patient’s loved ones to learn how to perform specific tasks like changing dressings or administering medications once the patient goes home.
Registered Nurse skills and qualifications
An RN needs to have a number of skills to be a great RN. Necessary skills include the following:
- RNs need to be organized as they often care for a number of patients at the same time
- A kind and compassionate RN will be considerate, sympathetic, non-judgemental and can comfort the patient.
- A vital skill for an RNs is to be able to interact well with patients, coworkers and doctors. Communication skills are essential for good interaction.
- Patience will help an RN to cope with anxiety, misunderstandings and help to make good decisions.
- Dedication will help an RN to keep improving their skills and be committed to the patients.
- An RN spends long hours on their feet, requiring stamina. The job also requires physical strength when lifting and helping patients.
- An RN must be able to analyze, review and judge different situations they face and take the right actions according to the situation.
Registered Nurse salary expectations
A Registered Nurse makes an average of $33.85 per hour. Pay rate may depend on level of experience, education and the geographical location.
Registered Nurse education and training requirements
Candidates need to have earned the minimum of an associate degree in nursing, but many RNs pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree. After graduating with a degree, a candidate must earn state licensure. To earn this licensure, a candidate takes the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. Other licensure criteria may be required for nurses depending on their state. RNs usually need education credits to renew their licenses. Since RNs need different training for different work settings, they should have the right training for the position.
Registered Nurse experience requirements
Required experience depends on the position and specific field in which you are advertising. For example, pediatrics may require 3+ years of nursing experience.
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