Registered Nurses are theses well qualified nurses, who are specialized through education and training for offering all levels of nursing cares and administration of medication under the supervision of a physician. They are also important member of any health care team and practice in nursing process together with other health care professionals in different types of health care settings, be it a hospital, nursing homes or long term care facility.
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. Though, best option for becoming a RN is to earn an associate’s degree for practicing as a nursing aides or licensed practical nurses and after few years working experience, enroll for accredited BS in nursing program to become a RN. In addition to availing accredited BS degree, they are also required to pass NCPLEX examination, which can offer them a certification and Title as certified or registered nurse.
The basic education training program curriculum for Registered Nurses includes learning on:
- Nursing Concepts
- Medical and Surgical Nursing
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Mental Health Nursing
- Maternal/Child Nursing
- Geriatric Nursing
- Medical Ethics
- Research in Nursing
The passing of licensing exam and certification allows them to practice in various health care settings for executing various nursing care duties and responsibilities, which includes:
- Counsel patients and public about medical conditions.
- Provide nursing cares
- Offer emotional and moral support to patients and their family members alike.
- Administer medications under the supervision of the physician
- 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 RNs also specialize in a specific specialty through advanced education by obtaining Master or Doctorates degree and can become Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse, APRN and so on.