Registered Nurse

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Nurses are an essential part of the health care system and work to promote and maintain the health of individuals and communities. They work within a multidisciplinary team and are the primary point of contact for patients. Typical work duties can vary depending upon specialty, however in most cases, the nurse will be responsible for the daily care of an admitted patient. This can include administering medication, setting IVs, giving shots, updating patient records, providing emotional support, patient education, basic diagnostics, and other patient procedures.

Nurses can work in a wide range of settings including hospitals, physicians' offices, home healthcare services, and nursing care facilities. Other examples of settings registered nurses may be able to find work in include correctional facilities, schools and with the military. Physically, nursing can be a taxing career. It typically requires quite a bit of physical activity such as walking, lifting patients, stretching and bending, and may require longer work days and varied schedules. To become a Registered Nurse, an undergraduate degree in Nursing is required, as well as board registration.