A staff nurse is generally a registered nurse who cares for patients dealing with physical/mental illnesses and/or injuries.
These nurses fill the majority of positions that are available to nurses within a medical institute or facility and are able to operate in different areas of health care such as in the emergency room, geriatrics department or neonatal care center.
Staff nurses can work in a variety of settings such as at a local clinic, healthcare facility, doctor’s office, community health care center, hospital or in number of other health care organizations.
Those who work as staff nurses are able to perform duties such as recording patient vital signs, checking blood pressure, administering IV’s (Intravenous therapy), administering medicine, monitoring patients recovery, handling and preparing medical equipment, assisting patients who are part of a rehabilitation program and assisting other medical specialists with medical related tasks, so that the medical specialist can focus on work that requires more specialized care and attention and is otherwise unable to be performed by a staff nurse.
Note: Staff nurse may also refer to an entry level position within a hospital or health care facility as these nurses may work as part of the general staff rather than as a contractor or in a specialized nursing role.
Due to the ever increasing health care standards new and existing healthcare facilities are facing many organizations that are interested in hiring staff nurses look for staff nurses who have acquired their BSN degree and have some previous work experience in their respective field, although they may also hire first time RN’s as well for entry level positions.
These nurses make up the majority of nurses that operate in the United States and are vital for maintaining and improving patient healthcare, however due to the ever increasing nursing shortages hospitals and healthcare facilities are faced with staff nurses are constantly seeing increased workloads and hours in order to maintain proper patient care throughout the country and in the respective organizations they work for.
While this may lead to better pay and/or employee perks it can also lead to employee burnout and mental fatigue, which when performed over long periods of time can lead to reduced performance and lower employee moral.
In order to maintain the work/life balance of staff nurses and make sure employees are in good mental health organizations such as the American Nurse Association (ANA) perform surveys, questionnaires and follow-ups with nurses in order to ensure that they are being treated fairly and are able to work effectively in the field, maintain good mental/physical health standards and aren’t overwhelmed with tons of unexpected work that can add undue stress and frustration to an already hectic schedule.
The ANA also works to create legislative change in order to make sure that both employees and patients are receiving adequate care in the health care field, and to ensure that healthcare facilities are hiring adequate nursing staff in order to improve everyone’s performance, healthcare and overall experience.