Becoming a Registered Nurse

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Registered Nurses
Registered nurses (RNs) work to promote good health and illness. They teach patients and the public about various medical conditions; treat patients and helps in providing a wide variety of services. Many general duty nurses who focus on the overall care of patients are registered nurses. They administer medications under the supervision of doctors and keep records of symptoms and progress. General duty nurses also supervise licensed practical nurses (LPNs), nursing aides, and orderlies. RNs can specialize mostly by work setting or type of treatment. Plus, critical care nurses work in intensive care units, and psychiatric nurses treat patients with mental health disorders. Some RNs choose to get special training beyond their RN education and to become advanced practice nurses. They are often considered primary health care practitioners and work independently or in collaboration with physicians. There are four categories of advanced practice nurses: nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse-midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists. The duty of nurse practitioners includes conducting physical exams for example, diagnosing, treating common illness, and injuries. Clinical nurse specialists provide care in specialty areas, such as cardiac, cancer, pediatrics, and psychiatric/mental health. Certified midwives provide routine health care for women, but their practices are focused on pregnancy and delivery of babies. Certified registered anesthetics receive special training in the use of anesthetics, which produce a state of painless or unconsciousness. Some experience hospital nurses are head nurses or directors of nursing services. RN also as nurse educator or as researchers in hospitals, they may become forensics, nurses combining their nursing knowledge with law enforcement. They often work with victims who have been assaulted. Many registered nurses work in private doctors’ offices or...
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