The job of a Nurse involves assisting patients, maintaining medical records and implementing nursing care. Nurses can specialize in a particular field after certification and may be called nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists, certified nurse midwives, or clinical nurse specialists. Each type of nurse has a specific set of responsibilities.
Education/Experience Requirements A successful candidate must possess a certificate from a three-year nursing program or a bachelor’s degree in nursing. All three- to five-year programs include practical experience, scientific training and liberal arts courses. All nurses with a bachelor’s degree must obtain RN licensure from their respective states. Those who wish to become advanced-practice nurses must obtain a master’s degree in nursing (MSN).
Skills Effective written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal skills, excellent reading comprehension, good logistic reasoning and analytical skills, and the ability to tell whether something is wrong or might go wrong.
Specific work elements Depends largely on the type of education he/she obtained. Registered nurses (RN) work directly with patients and perform tasks such as patient evaluation, monitoring of IV placement and vital signs, administering medication and other day-to-day nursing care. Nurse practitioners perform tasks related to care giving, while head nurses or nurse supervisors handle the supervision of nursing activities in various settings. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) provide patient care personally with minor problems, such as dressing wounds, treating bedsores, administering medications or starting IV fluids. Other types of nurses exist, such as home health nurses, nursing home nurses and nursing aides, among others.