Registered Nurse

Trisha Pavone Period 9

My Career

I always wanted to be a nurse since i was younger. Most of my family members are either a cop or they work in the Medical Fields. I enjoy helping others, and i'm not as responsible as others but i can be if i really try my best to be.

Career Details

Duties and Responsabilites

Duties

  • Record patients' medical histories and symptoms
  • Give patients medicines and treatments
  • Set up plans for patients’ care or contribute to existing plans
  • Observe patients and record the observations
  • Consult with doctors and other healthcare professionals
  • Operate and monitor medical equipment
  • Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results
  • Teach patients and their families how to manage their illnesses or injuries
  • Explain what to do at home after treatment
Responsabilites

  • 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

Average hours/ Working schedule

It depends on the job, the hospital and whether the nurse wants overtime, but most nurses in hospitals work 12-hour shifts, two days on, two days off, for about 40-48 hours a week.


Working Schedule

Since most nurses are on a 24 hour rotating shift, covering all 24 hours. They might work..

  • Nights
  • Weekends
  • Holidays
  • Some nurses may even be on call
  • Nurses who work in offices, or schools, and other places they don't provide 24 hour care, they work business hours

Fact

In 2010, about 20 percent of registered nurses worked part time

Working location/s

Registered nurses work in hospitals, physicians' offices, home healthcare services, and nursing care facilities.

Salary/ Wage potentials

Registered nurses make

  • 64,690 per year
  • 31.10 per hour

Education Needed

Classes to take in order to be a registered nurse

  • Take courses in nursing
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Chemistry
  • Nutrition
  • psychology

Requirements

  • Diploma
  • Bachelors Degree
  • Associates Degree

Skills Required

Speaking skills

  • Registered nurses must be able to effectively with patients
  • Clearly explain how to take medication and give other instructions if needed
  • Work in teams with other health professionals
  • Communicate with patients needs.

Organization Skills

  • Nurses usually work with patients that have various health needs
  • Organization is needed to ensure that the patient is given proper care

Critical Thinking Skills

  • Must be able to access changes in health state patients
  • Must be able to take corrective action and can make referrals

Job outlook/growth

Job Outlook and growth

  • Expected growth is 26 percent from 2010 to 2012
  • An increased emphasis on preventive care
  • Growth is said to be faster than average output patient care where patients do not stay over night
  • Because many older patients want to be treated at home or in residential care facilities, registered nurses are in demand of these settings.

Advancement Opportunities or Related Jobs

Advancement Opportunities

  • Registered nurses who have a bachelor's degree have more chances for advancement. Some career paths are open only to nurses with BSN degrees or even advanced degrees.
  • With experience, They can advance to assistant head nurse or head nurse
  • they can advance to higher levels of management, which includes a graduate degree in nursing or health administration
  • They can manage a home health service
  • Some may even work in colleges or universities

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