Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.
WHAT SKILLS & TRAINING ARE NEEDED?
- Critical-thinking skills: Registered nurses must assess changes in the health status of patients, such as determining when to take corrective action and when to make referrals.
- Communication skills: Registered nurses must be able to communicate effectively with patients in order to understand their concerns and assess their health conditions. Nurses need to clearly explain instructions, such as how to take medication. They must also work in teams with other health professionals and communicate the patients’ needs.
- Compassion: Registered nurses should be caring and empathetic when looking after patients.
- Detail-oriented: Registered nurses must be responsible and detail oriented because they must make sure that patients get the correct treatments and medicines at the right time.
- Organizational skills: Nurses often work with multiple patients with various health needs. Organizational skills are critical to ensure that each patient is given appropriate care.
- Physical stamina: Nurses should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as moving patients. They may be on their feet for most of their shift.
Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses must be licensed.
HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS IS A GOOD FIT FOR ME?
- You’re interested in medicine and healthcare.
- You like helping people.
- You like hands-on work.
- You are a social person.
WHERE CAN I PURSUE ALIGNED TRAINING?
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