How to Be a Registered Nurse

How to Be a Registered Nurse

January 28, 2012

A Registered Nurse (RN) is a nurse who completes a course of study and passes the examinations to obtain a license and register as a nurse. You’ll find many RNs in hospitals throughout the world, and the need for RNs still continues. Read on to know more about registered nursing, and how to become a registered nurse.

What Does An RN Do?

RNs provide the greatest level of care for patients, which include care for specific diseases and conditions. RNs are also qualified to advice and coordinate health services for patients with doctors, nurses and hospital staff. In many hospitals, registered nurses are placed in charge of interns, technicians and medical volunteers. RNs are also responsible for a patient’s case management, which means that the RN has to discuss and coordinate the case with physicians, therapists or specialists. RNs provide treatment, educate patients on treatment, educate other nurses on how to treat patients, administer medications, screen patients for health, perform diagnostic tests, and help with treatment planning, complete medical charts, assist with surgeries and also provide emergency care.

Where Can You Find RNs?

Registered nurses are an important aspect of any healthcare team. RNs can find employment in a number of health care facilities. A few of these are hospitals, outpatient clinics, private nursing facilities, nursing care facilities, residential care facilities, women care centers, surgeries, community clinics and schools. An RN can choose to specialize in specific healthcare areas. Some RNs become Emergency Room Nurses, and these nurses have to be on call at any hour to handle emergencies. Some RNs choose to work with particular groups such as children with cancer, women clinics and so on. In each of these areas, the RNs are required to specialize by obtaining training specific to the areas of work.

Becoming A Registered Nurse

You can use one of three educational routes to become an RN:

• Complete a nursing diploma via a vocational nursing program
• Do an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) either online or via a community college
• Complete a Bachelor Degree in Nursing (BSN) from a college or university

Most RNs complete an ADN or BSN; however, if you graduate from any one of the three nursing program types listed above, you can sit for the National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). This is the national licensing exam for registered nurses in the United States, recognized by all state nursing boards.

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