There are many definitions as to what a registered nurse is. In all simplicity, a registered nurse is someone who provides care for another person in a healthcare setting. The setting is what changes the role of the registered nurse. There are many different areas in the healthcare field that the registered nurse can work which changes how the nurse is perceived.
The most common place that a registered nurse is seen working is a hospital. In a hospital there are different departments that nurses can work in. some nurses choose to work in only one department, while other nurses are called floaters. Floaters work wherever there is a need for a registered nurse. One day they may work in the emergency room, and the next day they may work on the obstetrics floor. On each floor there are different nurse jobs available.
In the emergency department, registered nurses are responsible for starting IV’s, drawing blood for tests, and triaging patients. If a registered nurse works on the obstetrics floor, her primary role is to aid in the delivery of babies. The nurse will not deliver the baby, but instead help determine where the labor stages are so the doctor will be informed. The nurse will also remain in the room with the mother before and after the delivery with the mother and her new baby.
Another place that registered nurse’s work is a nursing facility. The duties of a registered nurse in these locations are slightly different than those in hospitals.
Much of the actual work is done by nursing assistants. The nurses do the paperwork for the patients, as well as the delivery of the medications. They also do the dressings for the wounds on the patients. Some registered nurses who work in nursing facilities do baths and feedings for patients, although most of this work is left to the nursing assistants.
Other registered nurses work in doctor’s offices and labs. The roles of these nurses vary based on the location they work in. A registered nurse that works in a doctor’s office has a reasonably simple job. They examine the patient when they come in to the room and take their medical history.
After they take their medical history, they will usually take their blood pressure, temperature, and pulse. Then they will give the doctor the information they have gathered. Sometimes they will stay in the room with the doctor, but most of the time they will let the doctor examine the patient alone. Registered nurses that work in labs draw the blood from patients and send the blood to have it examined by technicians. They will then give the results to the patient when the report is back.