Registered nurses work in a variety of healthcare settings within both the public and private healthcare sectors, and may operate in places such as specialized doctor offices, hospitals, emergency rooms, intensive care units, nursing homes, hospices, the armed forces, geriatric center, psychiatric care facilities, community centers, health care facilities, school districts, colleges, laboratories and research centers among other health care settings.
In terms of profession or speciality registered nurses may work as a legal nurse, transplant nurse, trauma nurse, cardiac care nurse, holistic nurse, midwifery, anesthesiologist, pediatric nurse, emergency room nurse, geriatric nurse, gastroenterologist, case management nurse, general nurse, psychiatric nurse, forensic nurse, flight nurse and travel nurse, or in another nurse related specialty.
Registered nurses provide patients with emotional support and educate them about their current condition and how to best care for their ailment by providing patients with information on what they can do to recover from their injury or illness and will answer any questions their patients may have about their medical condition.
Registered nurses also provide their patients with medical support and are responsible for a number of health care related tasks such as recording the patients symptoms and state of recovery, assessing their ailments, administering medications and treatments, dressing wounds, and assisting patients in rehabilitation programs.
In order to ensure that the patient receives the best medical care possible registered nurses often work alongside a team of medical professionals to provide them with updated information, which can be used to help them provide proper care to the patient.
The current job outlook for students who are interested in becoming a registered nurse is very high.
As older nurses retire (the average age of nurses in the U.S. is between 40 – 45 years old 11/13/2012) and the economy continues to expand the need for educated and qualified registered nurses will continue to rise.
By 2020 it is expected that as many as 800,000 positions will need to be filled in order to address the nursing shortage.
Those who are interested in becoming registered nurses must first attend a 2 – 4 years nursing program, which may be offered at a college or university and pass the national licensing exam for registered nurses before being able to apply for a licensed nursing position.