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Registered Nurse

POSITION SUMMARY

A Registered Nurse (commonly referred to as an RN) is a team player that performs many jobs within a medical team. First and foremost they provide patient care. This includes providing any resources that a patient might need during their recovery period.

Registered Nurses can work in a number of different places including hospitals (operating rooms, emergency rooms), doctors’ offices, clinics, etc... They provide support to other medical staff by monitoring patients, keeping track of client paperwork, and coordinating with doctors in the creation and execution of treatment plans. As such, Registered Nurses must have strong social, organizational, and leadership skills.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Registered Nurse Responsibilities may include: 

  • Communicate with patients and record symptoms.
  • Provide treatment plans.
  • Perform lab work.
  • Provide support during patient exams and surgeries.
  • Supervise nurse aids and licensed practical nurses.

 

SKILLS

If a hospital were a body, Registered Nurses would be the blood running through its veins. In order to provide support to other medical staff and keep things running smoothly, a skilled Registered Nurse will:

  • Possess excellent listening skills in order to better assess patients.
  • Work quickly and efficiently in high stress environments.
  • Communicate clearly with other medical staff.
  • Provide leadership to nurse aids and patients.
  • Be organized in order to maintain patient records.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

In order to qualify for an entry level job, candidates will need at least an Associate’s Degree in nursing. Once they have graduated, they also need to pass the National Council Licensure Examination in order to practice. This is enough to get a nursing graduate into a job right away.
For Registered Nurses seeking more qualified positions, there are Bachelor’s degrees in Nursing. A Bachelor’s in Nursing will allow candidates to gain more experience in a variety of p

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REGISTERED NURSE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

  • What made you choose a career in nursing?

  • What do you think is the most rewarding part of being a nurse? The most challenging?

  • Are you comfortable working in a team setting?

  • How has your training prepared you for this job?

  • How would you deal with a patient’s uncooperative family member?

  • How do you handle working in high stress environments?

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