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Career and Education Opportunities for Registered Nurses

In general, registered nurses assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. They also administer nursing care to ill, injured, or disabled patients.

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JOB DESCRIPTION: Registered Nurse

Registered Nurse video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

Registered nurses monitor, record and report symptoms and changes in patients' conditions. They also record patients' medical data and vital signs. Equally important, registered nurses have to maintain accurate, detailed reports and records. They are often called upon to consult and direct with health care team members to gauge, plan, implement and evaluate patient care plans. They are expected to instruct individuals, families and other groups on topics such as health education, disease prevention and childbirth, and design health improvement programs. Finally, registered nurses ready patients for, and assist with, examinations and treatments.

Every day, registered nurses are expected to be able to evaluate problems as they arise. They need to piece together evidence to, in some sense, diagnose what is going on in a situation. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.