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Registered Nurse

Job Summary

Responsible for providing care for patients in a healthcare setting, such as a doctor's office, hospital, nursing home, or other healthcare facility. Works under the direction of surgeons and physicians.

Primary responsibilities

  • Greet patients and take them to exam or hospital room.
  • Record medical histories.
  • Record symptoms and problems.
  • Provide advice and emotional support.
  • Perform and interpret diagnostic tests.
  • Give injections.
  • Take blood and set up intravenous fluids.
  • Operate medical machinery.
  • Take vital signs, including blood pressure, respiration, and temperature.
  • Answer patient's questions.
  • Assist physician during surgical procedures.
  • Administer treatment and medications.
  • Give inoculations.
  • Refer patients to specialists.
  • Help with rehabilitation.
  • Teach patients how to manage injuries and illness.
  • Explain post-operative care.
  • Recommend diet, nutrition, and exercise programs.
  • Tell the public about warning signs and symptoms of disease.
  • Run general health screenings.
  • Establish or modify care plans.
  • Check dosages of medicine.
  • Help deliver babies.
  • Consult with physicians and clinicians.
  • Provide direction to licensed practical nurses and nursing aides regarding patient care.
  • Perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
  • Help patients manage diabetes.
  • Provide advice through electronic communications media such as videoconferencing, the Internet, or by telephone.

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