Roles of Nurses

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RUNNING HEAD: Defining the Roles

Defining the Roles
Nicolle Durfee
Introduction to Leadership
Maria Rosario D. Gonzales
September 15, 2011

The American Nurses Association defines nursing as ‘‘the protection, promotion and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities and populations (Cox, & Werner, 2009).” The roles of employees throughout the hospital range with specific differences. These employees work together on their particular tasks to provide the patients with the upmost professional care. Each designation has a unique set of roles and responsibilities and work together to create a care team. The nursing team consists of a registered nurse, licensed vocational nurse, and a certified nursing assistant. The designation of a nurse will indicate the level of certification or licensure completed, level or patient care responsibility, salary range, and serve as a decent indicator of the level of experience a nurse has. “The nursing care supports a collaborative process that promotes comfort to patients and families experiencing life-limiting illness (Cox, & Werner, 2009).”

The first job on the nursing team is the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). The position of CNA is often considered as a preliminary or entry level nursing job. This can be an immense way for students considering a career in nursing to get a sense for what types of functions a nurse performs. This position requires the supervision of a licensed vocational nurse and especially a registered nurse. To become a CNA, a student must only complete a chosen few classroom classes and then has to be certified. Roles of the CNA include observing patients, obtaining vital signs, changing bedding, washing patients, and preparing patients for procedures. The average pay for this position is twelve dollars an...
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