What to Know about Registered Nurses
You’ve likely heard the term ‘RN’ – but do you know what one is, or what one does? RN stands for registered nurse, which, to put it broadly, is a licensed professional who provides direct medical care to patients.
Registered nurses are in great demand in recent years due to an aging nurse population; for every eight retiring nurses there are only five going into nursing leaving a deficit balance of nurses filling vacant positions. Even the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics expects registered nursing jobs to grow by 12% by 2028, and this growth is much faster than the average growth in other industries.
But if your idea of a registered nursing job is large hospitals with brightly lit hallways, this is only one option of working environments for nurses. The day-to-day work environment of a registered nurse can vary greatly. Though, the higher education level and training you possess – such as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing versus an Associates Degree – the more autonomy and decision-making liberties you’ll enjoy in your job.
RN Duties and Responsibilities
Here are some of the duties and responsibilities you can expect from registered nurses:
- Supervising LPNs, CNAs and nursing students
- Administer medications; both oral and intravenously
- Assuring a physician’s medical orders are carried out
- Collaborating with physicians and other health professionals
- Providing emotional support to patients and their loved ones
- Teaching patients about their health conditions and providing treatment instructions and provide discharge planning
Skills Needed for Success as an RN
Skills to succeed in a registered nursing role:
- Comprehensive understanding of human physiology and anatomy
- An abundance of patience
- Ability to operate computer systems
- A passion to help others
- Analytical assessments using critical thinking skills
- Exceptional organizational skills
Of course, any good registered nurse must also have great interpersonal skills since the majority of the job involves interacting with people. It’s not easy talking to a busy surgeon one minute and then calmly explaining an upcoming procedure to a woman who’s hard of hearing. Nurses must be able to interact swiftly and effectively with everyone they come into contact with.