Overview

Registered nurses are arguably the mainstay of the medical profession; they will always be needed. It will always be a safe career choice and once you are qualified, you will always find work. That said, it is not easy work and you must be dedicated, flexible, physically fit, hard-working and resilient.

Registered nurses look after patients, providing medical care, educating them about various health risks or conditions, and providing emotional support to patients and their families. They administer medicines, record patient histories, keep accurate patient records, operate medical equipment, provide support for doctors and senior practitioners, and help to perform medical tests. They are highly qualified and notoriously underpaid – but this is a vocation; people who choose nursing do so because they have a genuine desire to help people and make a difference in healthcare.

The career choices for a qualified registered nurse are wide reaching. You can choose to remain in general practice and work with a GP, in surgery, or on a general hospital ward, or you can choose to specialize in oncology, critical care, palliative care, neonatal, paediatrics… the list is endless.

A registered nurse must be licensed and must therefore be suitably qualified. You may choose to do a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, an Associate’s Degree in Nursing or to gain a Diploma from a registered Nursing College. Whichever path you take, you will study anatomy, psychology, nutrition, microbiology, chemistry and behavioral sciences. So, you must have a head for academic study and a determination to succeed. Once you are qualified, your Resume will focus heavily on your qualifications, skills, and experience but do not forget that in nursing soft skills are vitally important, too, so you will need to demonstrate warmth, empathy and patient care.

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Source: U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Maintain accurate, detailed reports and records.
Administer medications to patients and monitor patients for reactions or side effects.
Record patients' medical information and vital signs.
Monitor, record, and report symptoms or changes in patients' conditions.
Consult and coordinate with healthcare team members to assess, plan, implement, or evaluate patient care plans.
Modify patient treatment plans as indicated by patients' responses and conditions.
Monitor all aspects of patient care, including diet and physical activity.
Direct or supervise less-skilled nursing or healthcare personnel or supervise a particular unit.
Prepare patients for and assist with examinations or treatments.
Instruct individuals, families, or other groups on topics such as health education, disease prevention, or childbirth and develop health improvement programs.
Assess the needs of individuals, families, or communities, including assessment of individuals' home or work environments, to identify potential health or safety problems.
Prepare rooms, sterile instruments, equipment, or supplies and ensure that stock of supplies is maintained.
Refer students or patients to specialized health resources or community agencies furnishing assistance.
Consult with institutions or associations regarding issues or concerns relevant to the practice and profession of nursing.
Inform physician of patient's condition during anesthesia.
Administer local, inhalation, intravenous, or other anesthetics.
Provide health care, first aid, immunizations, or assistance in convalescence or rehabilitation in locations such as schools, hospitals, or industry.
Hand items to surgeons during operations.
Observe nurses and visit patients to ensure proper nursing care.
Conduct specified laboratory tests.
Direct or coordinate infection control programs, advising or consulting with specified personnel about necessary precautions.
Engage in research activities related to nursing.
Prescribe or recommend drugs, medical devices, or other forms of treatment, such as physical therapy, inhalation therapy, or related therapeutic procedures.
Order, interpret, and evaluate diagnostic tests to identify and assess patient's condition.
Perform physical examinations, make tentative diagnoses, and treat patients en route to hospitals or at disaster site triage centers.
Perform administrative or managerial functions, such as taking responsibility for a unit's staff, budget, planning, or long-range goals.
Provide or arrange for training or instruction of auxiliary personnel or students.
Work with individuals, groups, or families to plan or implement programs designed to improve the overall health of communities.
Source: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-1141.00

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