Registered Nurse

Janeli Chavez

Career Description

A registered nurse (RN) may be employed in a variety of medical settings, including physicians' offices, schools, hospitals, prison, and assisted nursing homes. RNs provide direct care to patients under the order and supervision of a licensed physician, nurse or physician's assistant. The RN creates a daily care plan to manage patient care. The RN may also supervise staff. Attention to detail and organization is the key of being a nurse. The RN must keep medical records, and may be required to use computers for charting. Health care promotion and education is also a key role of the RN. The schedule of an RN varies based on employment location. Hospital-based nurses generally work a total of 3 twelve-hour shifts per week. Office-based nurses work 5-day, 40-hour weeks. Overtime is occasionally required. Shifts for hospital-based RNs can include nights, weekends, and holidays. The RN role may include heavy lifting of patients, exposure to bodily fluids, and large amounts of time on one's feet. With the new healthcare laws, careers as an RN are in high demand as access to medical care increases.
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Duties and Responsibilities

Some duties that a nurse have may include receiving a patient assignment, assessment of each patient, administering daily medications, attending to patient needs, facilitating patient, family and physician communication, assisting the physician with bedside procedures, monitoring laboratory results, delivering meals and snacks as needed, and monitoring for any changes in condition.

Now a nurses responsibilities are

  • Perform physical exams and health histories
  • Provide health promotion, counseling and education
  • Administer medications, wound care and numerous other personalized interventions
  • Interprets patients information and make critical decisions about needed actions
  • Coordinate care, in collaboration with a wide array of healthcare professionals
  • Direct and supervise care delivered by others healthcare personnel like LPN's and nurse aides
  • Conduct research in support of improved practice and patient outcomes
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Education Requirements

To become employed as a Registered Nurse (RN), the person must complete a minimum of a 2-year degree in nursing, they have to pass a national nursing certification exam and become licensed as a registered nurse in the state that they lived in. The employee shows preference to those with a 4-year nursing degree. The persons specialty areas of nursing (such as critical care, labor and delivery, etc.) need additional certifications and training. People that are looking to hire nurses look for different job skills, 3 job skills I found were Patience, Organized and their speaking.
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Job Outlook

According to the national data that is published in the U.S.,The employment for nurses is expected to increase by 26% by 2020. That is much faster than an average occupation.

Salary and Work Environment

The average salary of a nurse is $42,585 - $82,090. This is what they make per year, They sometimes may make more by getting paid overtime. Registered nurses work in hospitals, physicians' offices, home healthcare services, and nursing care facilities. Others work in correctional facilities, schools, or serve in the military.

My mother is a nurse so I had a little talk with her and she told me that "it is a good pay and sometimes you are lucky if you get out right when your day is over, but other times you have to stay later to finish paperwork and making sure everything the doctor asks you to do is done or the doctor may just take a really long time with each patient." Another thing she told me was that "I like working where I do because I have a really helpful and kind co-workers." "When ever I can't finish something or needs help they help me."

Related Courses and Experience

My high school has many different types of courses that will help people prepare for their future and how they want to spend it. For example I can take:
  • Human development

  • Medical careers

  • Modern Languages
These classes will help me on becoming a nurse and giving me a little experience of what it would be like. Now some extra curricular activities that I can join in my school are:
  • Class of ‘18

  • Student council

  • Peer leaders
These activities will help me on becoming a leader so when I become a nurse I will be a leader in my job. Some work experience that I can have are
  • Volunteer to help at nursing home

  • Work as a babysitter
These will help me on working with people and getting use to people being around me and working with them.
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Post - Secondary Plans

I am planning to go to college right after high-school maybe Triton or I will go to a University. In college I will work for my Bachelors Degree on Programs on Nursing. I have some Colleges in mind but I have to look into them.