Posts Tagged ‘Registered Nurse’

Registered Nurses Portrayed on T.V.

Sunday, November 21st, 2010 by RNBP Admin

registered-nurse-portrayals3Prime-time television shows seldom present occupations accurately and the nursing profession is no exception. Shows like “Nurse Jackie” and “Grey’s Anatomy” create popular portrayals of nurses as dramatic, emotional, and somehow seemingly being able to avoid the many hours of paperwork and charting that real-life Registered Nurses do on a daily basis.

Nurses outside of the cameras have very different jobs than they do on screen. Perhaps the most inaccurate portrayal of nursing on even well-meaning shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Angels in America” leave out the foundation of communication between nursing and the other medial specialties. Charting, whether by handwritten records or the newer computerized charting systems, puts onto paper all pertinent information concerning a patient. Every treatment, examination, dispersal of medicine, contact, bath, and instruction is recorded in the records. This written communication assists other health care professionals as they diagnose and treat patients. Television nurses may dramatically interact with medical personnel and patients on an ongoing basis but never lift a pen. Nothing could be more inaccurate a portrayal of a day in the life of a Registered Nurse.

A second inaccuracy that television shows present on a regular basis is that nurses are able to concentrate almost exclusively on one, two, or a small number of patients. Reality is significantly different. The average nurse is actively responsible for as many as 30 to 40 patients. Hospitals try to keep these numbers down to manageable levels but the cost of patient care often dictates a less advantageous nurse-to-patient ratio. In specialized care hospital units it’s possible to have nurses caring for just a handful of people but these are critically ill or injured patients and not in the general hospital population.

Time management difficulties are part of the daily routine. There’s seldom time to “get it all done” in real life. TV nursing personalities have time to relate freely to anyone they want without their duties getting in the way.
There are similarities between real-life Registered Nurses and the television show version of health care providers.

Nurses in both situations are generally caring and passionate about their jobs. They’re in nursing because they’re caring people. They want to facilitate healing and work in rewarding and people-oriented careers that help others. Nurses do cry sometimes. A jaded attitude tends to develop over tender hearts but is usually only onion-skin thin. Health care providers become attached to patients with whom they have a natural affinity or who they get to know over a period of time. Do nurses love their jobs? The answer is yes.

Actresses, actors, and nurses share a flair for the dramatic in some situations. TV over-presents this distinctly human trait and highlights conflict, passion, and romance. Nurses experience the highs and lows of life and it does spill over into work at times. There are both inaccurate representations of nursing and fairly accurate portrayals of this helping profession on the popular TV shows. Just ask a real Registered Nurse.

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Becoming a Successful RN Entrepreneur

Monday, November 1st, 2010 by RNBP Admin

Many nurses have forn-businessund themselves in the position where they are ready to make the transition from working for hospitals and clinics to becoming a successful and in-demand registered nurse entrepreneur. LPN’s and RN’s both have found that hospital jobs have hectic and demanding scheduling, strict policies and procedures to follow, therefore increasing stress and taking away from a quality family life. Often mandatory overtime and rigid guidelines of being employed by a hospital, nursing home, or clinic have left many nurses feeling underappreciated, overworked, and drained.

Self-employment as a registered nurse allows nurses to have the freedom and opportunity to explore the diverse and challenging avenues of entrepreneurship. With an RN degree in hand, the doors of career options unfold, offering more choices in travel, companies to work for, creativity options, and setting their own schedules. For those considering using their current college credits to pursue a further education in nursing, many LPN to RN bridge programs are available. These programs will not only take an LPN out of a lower pay scale but will also open key career paths to becoming self-employed once completed. Advancing education in nursing to obtain a successful career as an RN entrepreneur has transformed many nurses from being unhappy and burdened in the medical field to feeling excited about going to work daily.

Professional entrepreneur opportunities existing for RNs include private medical consultants to businesses and healthcare industries, traveling RN, private healthcare RN for families and corporations, school screenings, and more. Nurses who have advanced through using LPN to RN bridge programs have enjoyed the array of choices made available by determining which medical entrepreneur path works best for them. Often averaging at $125.00 an hour, these professionals have enjoyed a greater scale of pay as well as the flexibility to setting their own schedules. RNs can freelance their services as needed and maintain quality time at home with family activities.

An unending sea of occupational selection awaits the entrepreneur RN or those furthering their medical education. Healthcare, one of the most in-demand careers, has a wide array of self-employment possibilities and many people are choosing to become their own boss and leave the demanding hassle of working for a hospital or clinic. Whether an RN wishes to teach, hold seminars, become a private consultant, or meet the medical needs of corporations, these nurses are finding the advantages of being their own boss much outweighs clocking in everyday. Small overhead allows RNs to start up business with ease and a minimum of equipment. Working from home with their current computers and printers provides an efficient and affordable way for entrepreneurs just starting out to quickly become self-employed. This transition has changed the attitude and outlook of their medical careers for thousands of RNs who found themselves unhappy trapped in a cycle of twelve hour shifts and harsh guidelines. With an RN degree and a home computer and telephone, an exciting new career of self-employment is just a step away.

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Sweet Perks of Travel Nursing

Sunday, May 9th, 2010 by RNBP Admin

rn-bridge-program-registerd-nurseNursing is the noblest profession ­­­to choose and if you are driven by the passion of helping people then this is the profession to be in. Of course, passion alone probably isn’t your only driving force in becoming a Registered Nurse.  My guess is that the job security and huge pay increase are attractive deciding factors.  Regular RNs are paid handsome salaries but if you are a travelling nurse then things would be brighter for you as far as the pay benefits are concerned. Travelling nurses enjoy better pay benefits when compared to their regular counterparts.

Apart from the salary or hourly pay though, a traveling nurse is also entitled to some pretty sweet perks and incentives. So if you are looking at this profession in terms of the number of zeros that are added to your pay check, then you also need to consider the incentives and perk that you are going to get. Remember benefits make up for a lot of your expenses which otherwise would have to coughed up by you.

Statistics reveal that the travelling nurses are paid very high salaries and when compared with the salaries of the regular RNs, we have found that travelling nurses earn 10% to 15 % more. If we take a look at the hourly rates, we find that the travelling nurses could receive anything between $30 and $40. But here lies a catch - all the travelling nurses are put on contract, so if you have a contract you earn some cool dollars but if you do not have one then you would fail to earn even a single dollar. If you are really an efficient travelling nurse and are in the good books of the agency, then it is more likely that the agency would pay you a certain amount - agreed by both you and your agency - during the period you are not working. This is very common with most of the agencies that hire travelling RNs for their clients.

Some other pay benefits of travelling nurses include health and professional insurance, thus not only providing you a health cover but also saving you from the lawsuits that can be filed in case something untowardly happens while you are on duty. These insurances would generally cost you something between $50 and $100 but being a traveling nurse, you would be able to save the same by getting into a contract with the agency that provides these pay benefits.

You can even expect to pursue higher education, in case you wish to, as there are some agencies that provide educational assistance too as well as housing and vacation accrual. So bottom line is, earning your RN degree and becoming a Registered Nurse opens more doors than just working in a hospital.  Being a travel RN might be something to look into.

Sound appealing?  Start earning your RN degree from home!

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RNBP Makes National News!

Saturday, April 24th, 2010 by RNBP Admin

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This is an excerpt from the story that the Kenya Empowerment (a national print newspaper) featured about rnbridgeprogram.com!

“The problem with conventional distance learning programs though is the lack of support that the students get. Up until very recently it’s pretty much been a solitary process to earn your RN degree through a distance learning program,” says Viktoria Lindskog, President and co‐founder of RNBridgeprogram.com. “Incorporating all the technological advancements into distance learning gives students the same support of a traditional program but on a schedule that fits the student’s life,” adds Ms. Lindskog.

Although presented in a different format, the academics are the same for both traditional and non‐traditional nursing programs. With the explosion of live streaming video on the internet though nursing students can access their lectures from their computer or even from their mobile devices. It won’t be long before nursing students will be able to view their live streaming video lectures from the comfort of their living room on their TV’s.

Having to attend onsite classes on a full‐time basis is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Simply put, without the conveniences nontraditional nursing programs offer students, many former students could not have followed their dreams of becoming a graduate of an accredited nursing program. It’s clear that the most feasible solution to the national RN crisis is to produce more nurses and it’s the pending upsurge of internet based nursing education that’s going to accommodate that demand.”

Read the full story here.

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A Nursing Shortage? No way… Really?

Saturday, April 24th, 2010 by RNBP Admin

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Reading an article on CNN.com I found it interesting that 7 of the top 30 jobs needing the most workers in the next decade were within the healthcare field.  No surprise though to see that Registered Nurses were number one on the list!

Registered nurses
2008 employment: 2.62 million
2018 employment: 3.2 million
Minimum education or training: Associate degree

Home health aides
2008 employment: 922,000
2018 employment: 1.38 million
Minimum education or training: Short-term on-the-job training

Personal and home care aides
2008 employment: 817,000
2018 employment: 1.19 million
Minimum education or training: Short-term on-the-job training

Nursing aides, orderlies and attendants
2008 employment: 1.47 million
2018 employment: 1.75 million
Minimum education or training: Post-secondary vocational award

Medical assistants
2008 employment: 484,000
2018 employment: 648,000
Minimum education or training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Licensed practical and vocational nurses
2008 employment: 754,000
2018 employment: 909,000
Minimum education or training: Post-secondary vocational award

Physicians and surgeons
2008 employment: 661,000
2018 employment: 806,000
Minimum education or training: First professional degree

Read the full story here

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Need a Laugh Today? Nursing Humor…

Saturday, November 28th, 2009 by RNBP Admin

A big shot businenursing-humorss man had to spend a couple of days in the hospital. He was a royal pain to the nurses because he bossed them around just like he did his employees. None of the hospital staff wanted to have anything to do with him. The head registered nurse was the only one who could stand up to him. She came into his room and announced, “I have to take your temperature.” After complaining for several minutes, he finally settled down, crossed his arms and opened his mouth.
“No, I´m sorry, the nurse stated, “but for this reading, I cannot use an oral thermometer.” This started another round of complaining, but eventually he rolled over and bared his rear end. After feeling the nurse insert the thermometer, he heard her announce, “I have to get something. Now you stay JUST LIKE THAT until I get back!” She leaves the door to his room open on her way out. He curses under his breath as he hears people walking past his door laughing. After almost half an hour, the man´s doctor comes into the room. “What´s going on here?” asked the doctor. Angrily, the man answers, “What´s the matter, Doc? Haven´t you ever seen someone having their temperature taken?” After a pause, the doctor confesses, “Well, no. I guess I haven´t. Not with a carnation anyway.” (from http://www.lifetips.com)

Nurses Go To Heaven

Three registered nurses went to heaven, and were waiting turn to plead their case to St. Peter to enter the pearly gates. The first registered nurse said, “I worked in an emergency room. We tried our best to help patients, but occasionally we did lose one. I think I deserve to go to heaven.” St. Peter looks at her file and admits her to heaven. The second registered nurse says, “I worked in an operating room. It´s a very high stress environment and we do our best. Sometimes the patients are too sick and we lose them, but overall we try very hard.” St. Peter looks at her file and admits her to heaven.  The third registered nurse says, “I was a case manager for an HMO.” St. Peter looks at her file. He pulls out a calculator and starts punching away at it furiously, constantly going back to the nurse´s file. After a few minutes St. Peter looks up, smiles, and said, “Congratulations! You´ve been admitted to heaven … for five days!” (from http://www.lifetips.com)

Know any funny (but clean) nursing jokes?  Leave them in the comments section and I’ll add them!

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The Modern Registered Nurse

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 by RNBP Admin

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So what is it you actually do?!

The nursing profession has made some dramatic changes since the day this opinion was written:

” It is customary with many nurses to carry with them a small pocket case filled with instruments, such as scissors, dressing forceps, caustic holder, tongue depressors and so forth, but. . . intended only for show, and . . . quite unnecessary” [1,4].

That sure isn’t the case anymore! The nursing profession has experienced rapid changes during the 21st century; some because of hard-earned respect for the profession, others due to the amazing technological advances made in medicine.  So, what does it mean to be a “modern nurse”?  Nurse’s work is patient driven in a fast-paced environment with rapid-decision making and frequent use of modern technology. Nurses now have more opportunity for leadership roles, autonomy in decision- making and advances in their career. Modern nursing looks something like this:

Choices, Choices and More Choices; Choose your specialty:

Modern nursing has become specialized and nurses today have a nearly unlimited choice of specialties and advanced nursing opportunities. Some of the choices available are:

  • forensic nursing
  • occupational health nursing
  • peri-operative nursing
  • nursing informatics
  • environmental health
  • Genetics
  • case management
  • infectious disease
  • community health
  • clinical nurse specialist
  • public health nursing
  • tele-nursing

Choices in How to get your education

The technological boom, particularly the growth of the internet, allow nurses the advantage of being able to obtain their nursing degree, certification and specialized education on-line and in virtual classroom and through distance learning. You can take your CEU classes online, you can renew your license online.   Just a generation or two ago, the only way to obtain a nursing degree would have been in a  “traditional classroom” setting, which excluded many prospective students because of its inflexible schedule, cost and inability to accommodate for other priorities like family and jobs.  Now LPN to RN bridge programs online are allowing more people than ever to reach goals that one day would have been unattainable.

The Human Factor

Patients are more educated and involved than ever. Nurses are taking care of patients and families who often know far more about their disease process then in generations past. The internet is a major tool used in self-education.  Patients may want to be intimately involved in the nursing process and expect answers to all medical questions, treatment options and second-opinions before making health care decisions. The nurse has an increased responsibility to help the patient separate fact from fiction.

Technological advances: keep the patient in mind

In most hospitals, long gone are the days of handwritten nursing notes and doctors orders. Computerization has completely replaced this, and many other areas in medicine. The rapid pace of technological changes can become overwhelming; but specialized classes, training, and peer proctoring can help to keep the nurse proficient. Another challenge with the flood of technology is to overcome the possibility of de-humanizing the nursing process. Being the patient’s advocate and keeping their needs–which include human compassion and interaction– as the priority is the core of nursing.

Modern nurses have the unique challenge of mastering the technological advances of the 21st century, such as:

  • Computerization of patient records and nursing notes
  • Wireless communication in health care communication
  • Computerized patient monitoring systems
  • Tele-conferences on patients and education
  • Advanced computerized life-saving equipment
  • Mobile- computing systems using PDAs. Point of care data processing.

It’s an exciting time to be in the nursing profession. Nurses will continue to see advances in technology, increased opportunities for leadership and specialization and expansion of virtual classrooms and distance learning.

If you’re trying to bridge your nursing education to a higher level then RN Bridge Program can make it happen quicker and for less money than conventional LPN to RN bridge programs.  Incorporating old school teaching and new school technology, RNBP offers an innovative and proven learning system to help you bridge your existing nursing experience to a higher degree.  Unlike other LPN to RN programs, RNBP offers all the flexibility of distance learning PLUS the structure and support of traditional nursing schools.  100% accredited!  100% proven!

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How to Become a Registered Nurse

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 by RNBP Admin

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Thinking of becoming a registered nurse? Don’t know where to start or what the differences are in the programs offered? Wondering the difference between an associates degree vs bachelors degree in nursing? We know there are a lot of questions you need to consider when deciding how you will get your degree and what kind of degree you want. The thing to know is that there are three main types of programs available for you to choose from:

A 4-year bachelor’s degree (BSN) is a four-year program that offers more clinical experience in non-hospital settings than an associate degree. A BSN degree can be obtained through a traditional university or via an online nursing degree program, which offers more flexibility and is usually less costly.

A 2-year associate degree (AD) is a nursing degree acquired in two to three years and is offered at community and junior colleges. It focuses more on technical hands-on skills than the theory of a BSN. If you need more flexibility and control of your schedule, this degree is frequently offered through distance education or online programs like www.RNBridgeprogram.com.

The nursing diploma has a long history and was very common before the 1970’s when there were literally hundreds of programs offered. The number of programs available today is fairly limited. This program prepares you directly for work in a hospital or inpatient setting, and is most often offered by hospitals. A nursing diploma usually takes two to three years to complete.

No matter which route you decide is best for you, you should strongly consider attending a school that is accredited by one of two national organizations: The National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), which accredits all types of nursing programs, or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) which accredits baccalaureate and master’s level programs. You can still get a quality education from a non-accredited school, but if you ever decide you want to continue your nursing education with an advanced degree in nursing, you may not be qualified unless you have graduated from an accredited program.

Each state sets its own standards in “approving” a nursing program. To be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam, you must have graduated from an approved nursing program. With programs like RN Bridge Program you will only receive your degree from NLNAC accredited schools, but there are many other programs online that claim false accreditation so make sure you do your due diligence. The NCLEX-RN is the final step in becoming a registered nurse. Without it, you won’t get your license.

But what exactly is the NCLEX?

The NCLEX-RN exam is the National Council Licensure Examination. It is a multiple-choice test that is computerized and gauges your level of competence in various areas of nursing. As a registered nursing candidate, the minimum amount of questions you will need to answer is 75. Once you have answered at least this many questions, the computer program will begin attempting to assess whether or not you have either answered enough correct questions to pass, or too many incorrectly and failed. This will prompt the test to end. If, however, the computer is not yet able to determine your level of competence, you will continue to answer questions until it is either determined that you are competent or have failed. The maximum amount of questions you could be asked is 265. You have 5 hours to complete the examination. It generally takes about a month to receive your results from the state board of nursing. If you fail the exam, you may retake the test after a 91-day waiting period. If you have passed, congratulations, you are now a registered nurse!

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What is the Future of Associate Degree Nursing Programs?

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 by RNBP Admin

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The Advantages of Non-traditional Programs as a Practical Solution to the Nursing Shortage.

There is a critical shortage of registered nurses in the United States right now. This shortage must be addressed, and soon. As the population continues to age and baby boomers retire, the need for qualified nurses will continue to grow. The nursing shortage has brought many minds together to try and come up with innovative solutions to address this shortage. The government, hospitals, and private organizations are all concerned and brainstorming for solutions. Nontraditional education will play a significant role in satisfying the increasing demand for nurses. Current Statistics on the nursing shortage are somewhat dismal:

  • The American Health Care Association reports in July 2008 that more than 19,400 registered nursing vacancies exist in long-term care settings and 116,000 in hospital settings.
  • The registered nursing shortage could be as high as half a million by 2025.
  • The Council on Physician and Nurse Supply released a statement in July 2008 determining that 30,000 additional nurses need to graduate annually to meet the United State’s health care needs. This would be 30% over the current rate of registered nursing graduates.
  • According to projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics published in the November of 2007 Monthly Labor Review more than one million new and replacement nurses will be needed by 2016.

So what are the primary causes for the nursing shortage? And what can we do about it?  Here are a few of the practical reasons for the shortage :

  • According to the AACN’s report on 2008-2009 Enrollment and Graduation in Baccalaureate and graduate programs in Nursing, U.S. nursing schools turned away 49,948 qualified applicants from baccalaureate programs due to insufficient number of faculty, clinical sites, classroom space, clinical preceptors and budget constraints.
  • Almost two-thirds of the nursing schools reporting to the AACN’s survey pointed to faculty shortages as a reason for not accepting all qualified applicants.
  • In today’s world, many adults are not able to attend traditional nursing schools and universities which is forcing state nursing boards to ask themselves, “What is the Future of Associate Degree Nursing Programs?” The answer is acknowledging that the need for alternative nursing education is paramount.

According to national statistics, traditional universities and nursing schools are not able to consistently recruit faculty, staff and students to keep up with the national need. Traditional education is quite expensive requiring both day and evening hours for staff without commensurate compensation.

What’s the long-term solution?

Being able to recruit and retain registered nursing students in today’s high-tech, modern society is a multi-faceted and sometimes complex issue. Hospitals, nursing organizations, and nurses must embrace these changes if we are to see long-term solutions.  Potential nursing students are reluctant to commit to traditional programs for a myriad of reasons, both practical and theoretical.

Examining the differences between traditional and nontraditional schooling will help to clarify the reasons potential students would favor the nontraditional route.

Traditional schooling Non-traditional schooling
Hours/schedule On a linear track, daytime hours and inflexible schedule. May have to change work and family needs to conform to schooling Flexible, you decide how and when to study and can work around family and work obligations
Length of time to complete degree usually linear, clearly defined and full-time course load.Often inflexible Flexible, “work at your own pace” both part- and full time opportunities. Ability  to take breaks to attend to other obligations and priorities
Cost Prices vary, usually between $5,000 and over $20,00 for just tuition and book fees Tuition and fees between $5,000 and $20,000. Very limited costs for  transportation, rooming and board. Books and resource materials often available for online use
Personal considerations Required daily driving, possible long commute, takes significant additional time away from work and family. Classes must be attending at the school Can be completed in your own home, no commute time, flexible schedule around family and job obligations. Can take classes anywhere with “virtual” classrooms
Environmental issues Environmental Pollution from car exhaust due to travel  large paper usage, waste products and other environmental factors. Large overhead expenses for utilities and upkeep of facilities Little transportation or pollution, gas usage, paper use or output for either students or faculty. Minimal overhead costs, no maintenance required of virtual or online classes
Technology considerations Mostly text- book usage and hardcopy. Students may be behind in current technological advances compared to online students. Able to keep current with computer and online technology; as courses and testing is offered this way.

Because of the obvious benefits nontraditional education offers potential students it will continue to grow and has a significant place in addressing the nursing shortage. Emphasizing traditional nursing education severely limits the pool of potential students, often times those who would make the most dedicated and competent nurses.  Solutions are not simple or linear, but if institutions and policy-makers keep in mind some of the major priorities of the contemporary student such as the need for flexibility, continuous class-room availability, staff support (on-line access), affordable costs, around-the-clock assistance (with RN Bridge Program), and availability to work at your own pace, nursing would have many more prospective students.

(If you are interested in becoming a nurse in as little as half the time and half the cost of traditional programs (or even conventional online nursing programs) let RN Bridge Program make it happen.  With our video based learning system to lay down your Associate degree nursing framework, getting your accredited nursing degree will easily dovetail with the busy life you already have.)

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The Registered Nurse as an Administrator

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 by RNBP Admin

nurse-with-laptopHave you been working “in the trenches” as a staff nurse for awhile and ready to consider a change? Are you looking for a position that’s both challenging, fulfilling and pays more than what you currently make?

While it’s true that many registered nurses are by the patient’s bedside giving
direct care, what’s less known is that registered nurses play a major role as administrators and supervisors within a health care setting.

After a few years of direct clinical experience, you may qualify to take on an administrative role. In general, the job description of a registered nurse administrator is to “supervise a handful or dozens of nurses within a department or facility”. Nurses can be an administrator in many settings including hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitative facilities or any other health care setting.

Supervision of nurses is the primary responsibility of a nurse administrator, but there are also more in-depth requirements and duties. The registered nurse will “administer the development of nursing service policies through planning, organizing, directing, coordinating, delegating, and evaluating activities of the nursing staff; participate in formulating agency policies, in devising procedures essential to the achievement of objectives, and in the developing and evaluating of programs and services”. To put it a simpler way, administrative nursing work is responsible for the overall management and direction of the nursing services at a major treatment facility.

There are sometimes basic nursing skills that are required of the registered nurse administrator, which can include:
• Mastery of basic life support
• Proficiency in use of medical equipment in facility
• Pharmacological comprehension
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A registered nurse administrator should also be familiar with the hospital’s (or other facility) mission statement and philosophy.

A registered nurse administrator has many duties and responsibilities and spends a large portion of time in leadership and supervisory roles. Attending and evaluating various committee meetings such as research committees, utilization review and quality control committees among others is another primary duty of the administrator’s role.

In addition to the above responsibilities, other specific duties, areas of responsibility and knowledge of a registered nurse administrator are:
• Ability to plan a departmental budget
• Knowledge of professional nursing theory and practice.
• Familiarity with nursing service administration and practice.

Being a nurse administrator offers some of the best opportunities for career growth, advancement and salary that the nursing field offers. Salaries have continued to go up due to the shortage of qualified applicants. Depending on what part of the country you work in, salaries vary significantly and average between $53,000–$120,000!!

Are you ready to start making that kind of money? Let RN Bridge Program help get you there quicker and for less money than any other program.

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