Registered nurses can be found in any medical setting, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health facilities, dialysis centers, blood banks, mental health facilities, and nursing homes.
They can serve populations of all ages and some of their duties include: administering medications according to doctor’s orders, assisting doctors in procedures, monitoring patient conditions, recording and monitoring fluid intake and bodily fluid output, assisting with a variety of personal care, including managing machines for breathing, urinary devices, and heart monitors, and supervising LPNs (licensed practical nurses), along with CNAs (certified nurse’s aides).
Registered nurse Education:
To become a registered nurse, you must complete a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. This program is that of a generalist, and includes courses such as nutrition, microbiology, anatomy, lifespan development, pharmacology, nursing theory, and intro to geriatric care, psychiatric care, and family care.
Clinical rotations are required for nursing programs, however, the total amount of hours required varies from program to program.
Most Bachelor’s programs require one day per week to be devoted to supervised clinic hours. This will be done alongside standard lecture and lab-based coursework during a traditional semester.
Specialties may be declared after working in the field. Some have certification tests where you can declare a specialty, however, many are unofficially based on experience spent in an area. Specialty areas include:
- Pediatrics or neonatal care
- Intensive Care
- Acute care, physical medicine
- Primary care
- Pain management
- Occupational health
- Infection control
- Hospice and palliative care
- Cardiac nursing
Salary of Registered Nnurse :
The estimated yearly salary for a registered nurse is $67,000 depending on the setting and geographic location.
Licensed Practical Nurses
Licensed practical nurses can be found in any medical setting, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health facilities, dialysis centers, blood bank facilities, mental health facilities, and nursing homes. They can serve populations of all ages and some of their duties include changing wound dressings and bandages, monitoring and changing urinary devices (called catheters), recording and monitoring vital signs (such as blood pressure and heart rate), and educating patients on their medical condition. Licensed practical nurses are able to supervise certified nurse’s aides.
Academic programs for Licensed Practical Nurses are an Associate’s degree in Nursing, which typically takes around 12 months to complete when enrolled full-time. Courses typically include emergency medicine, first aid, physical education, biology, chemistry, anatomy, psychology, and child development. Number of hours required for clinical rotations varies between programs.
As with registered nurses, specialties can unofficially be declared once working in the field. Specialties are generally the same between these two professions.
Estimated yearly salary is $45,000 depending on the setting and geographic location.
Certified Nurse’s Aides
Certified nurse’s aides can be found in any medical setting, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health facilities, dialysis centers, blood bank facilities, mental health facilities, and nursing homes.
They can serve populations of all ages and some of their duties include caring for the personal needs of their patients, which includes completing grooming, bathing, dressing, toileting, and eating for the patient, if that is what they require.
Certified nurse’s aides are required to complete a certificate program lasting between 4 and 8 weeks, depending on whether completed full-time or part-time. This is an ideal fast-track for those already working in other fields to complete while still working. Courses include CPR, infection control, vital signs, range of motion, art of caregiving, patient safety, and special care.
The length of the program will be split up almost evenly between clinical rotations and academic coursework. This program is a generalist program. Specialties can be unofficially be declared by working in the range of settings where certified nurse’s aides are needed.
Estimated yearly salary for certified nurse’s aides is $27,000 per year depending on setting and geographic location.