If you are thinking of making the transition from LPN to RN you will find this article informative and motivating. Registered nurses make up 60% of the medical field because they work in every area of medicine.
The most familiar role of the registered nurse is the nurse who works in a hospital, a clinic or a doctor’s office. The basic duties of a registered nurse are:
- Treat patients according to instructions by a physician
- Educate patients, their caregivers and the public about illnesses and conditions
- Provide emotional support to families
- Keep records of medical histories
- Perform diagnostic tests
- Administer medications
- Write up management plans for home use
- Instruct patients in diet, nutrition and exercise
- And many other duties
However, there are many more career paths a registered nursing degree can take you. A few of those career paths are:
- The perioperative nurse works in the operating room assisting surgeons.
- Perianesthesia nurses take care of patients before and after surgery or other procedures
- Transport nurses are emergency nurses who monitor patients while they are being transported by helicopter or plane to a hospital.
- Nephrology nurses specialize in working with patients with kidney disease.
- Some nurses combine two specialties such as pediatric oncology nurses who work with children who have cancer.
These are just five of the 62 different areas of nursing that are available to a registered nurse. Some nursing positions are more stressful than others. For instance, nursing positions in hospitals, especially in the emergency room, tend to be more stressful than positions in private practice. Some of the specialties also require certification by a certifying board but the first step to take is to get an ASN degree in nursing from an accredited college institution.
Nurses’ salaries depend on the specialty and what city the position is located. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook registered nurses can look forward to making from $43,410 to $92,240 per year. Job growth is 22% between 2008 and 2018 which is much faster than average for all occupations. You could not go wrong investing a few years in becoming a registered nurse.
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