Registered Nurse Job Description

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A Registered Nurse can be defined as a well qualified nurse, who has the responsibility of implementing their nursing practice for offering all levels of nursing cares and administration of medication. They use their practice in nursing process along with other health care professionals in different types of health care settings. These nursing professionals are graduates from a diploma school, associated degree, or baccalaureate program and, certified and licensed by appropriate state licensing and certifying authority.

Registered Nurse Job Description

It is the responsibility of a RN to promote good health and prevent ailments. Their basic job responsibilities include:

  • Counsel patients, society and public about numerous medical conditions affecting people.
  • Offer treatment to patients
  • Provide emotional support to patients and their family members
  • Administer medications
  • Supervise the work of CNAs, LPNs, orderlies
  • Chart out health care plans
  • Keep records of ailment symptoms and progress
  • Apprise physician about the condition of the patient.

Many registered nurses can also specialize in a specific nursing field for offering specialized cares. Critical care nurses commonly work in intensive care units, whereas psychiatric nurses have their job responsibilities for treating the patients with mental health disorders.

They also specialize for providing treatments as per disease, ailment, or condition. Substance abuse problems are treated by nurses, who have specialization in addiction treatments.  Few nurses concentrate their practice by organ or body system by specializing in this field. Nephrology nurses have the responsibilities to treat patients having kidney disease and caring of patients suffering from respiratory problems, such as asthma are treated by Respiratory nurses.

Some RNs work for the society, public or population and, the best example is school nurses, who care for children and adolescents in school. Geriatric nurses are trained for the elderly population and also offer them emotional support. Few nurses practice in combined specialties, such as caring for pediatric oncology or cardiac emergency.

Many registered nurses opt for advanced special training through continuing education to become Advanced Practice Nurses, which also make them primary health care practitioners. ARPNs work independently or in collaboration with physicians and other health care professionals.

Advanced-Practice Nurses can be classified in 4 categories, such as:

  • Nurse-practitioners
  • Clinical nurse specialists
  • Certified Nurse-Midwives
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists.

The job salary of a Registered Nurse (RN)

  • California: $33.73
  • New York: $27.91
  • Pennsylvania: $26.14
  • Texas: $25.95
  • Illinois: $25.84


  • $52,520 to $77,970 annually