Registered Nurse (RN)
Registered nurses have a huge impact on patients’ lives as well as the work flow of other nurses in hospitals, nursing homes, and other health institutions. Have you always wanted to be a nurse, but you are unsure of what you want to specialize in or you are an aspiring nursing professional who doesn’t want to be tied down to one specialty because of your interest in many fields? If either of those questions has you thinking, consider earning a registered nurses’ license. As a registered nurse you will be able to manage the medical care of patients, oversee the work of certified nurse assistants and licensed practical nurses, and perform direct patient care. Experts anticipate a shortage of 800,000 registered nurses (RNs) by 2020, so hospitals and other healthcare facilities are heavily recruiting majority of skilled professionals in health care. Within a hospital setting RN’s supervise and assign tasks to LPN’s and CNA’s. The life of RN’s can be both challenging and a rewarding profession, but have completive salaries and an opportunity to make an impact in their work settings. Depending on their line of work and expertise, RN’s can also have diverse and flexible roles.
- Providing counsel and emotional support of patients and their families.
- Charting and recording patient progress.
- Managing LPN’s and CNA’s.
- Recording vital signs, drawing blood.
- Direct interaction with patient’s physician.
- Can also work as home health nurse.
- Opportunities to work in non hospital settings such as in research, hospice, forensics, etc.
- Opportunities for advancement into higher nursing profession.
- Enrollment into a state accredited nursing program.
- Bachelors or associates degree program.
- Passing the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
- Graduated from an accredited post-secondary institution.
- Application for licensure must be sent to the governing board of the state the person wishes to practice.
Once the coursework and exam is complete, the person will be added to the state’s Nurses’ Aide Registry. This marks the beginning of your career and the foundation for advancing your career as a nurse. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, home health aides are listed as the fastest-growing occupation in the U.S.