Registered Nurse Octavian Perry

Registered Nurses

Also called: Charge Nurse, Director of Nursing (DON), Registered Nurse (RN), Staff Nurse

What they do:

Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required.

On the job, you would:

• Maintain accurate, detailed reports and records.

• Administer medications to patients and monitor patients for reactions or side effects.

• Record patients' medical information and vital signs.

Tasks

• Maintain accurate, detailed reports and records.

• Administer medications to patients and monitor patients for reactions or side effects.

• Record patients' medical information and vital signs.

• Monitor, record, and report symptoms or changes in patients' conditions.

• Consult and coordinate with healthcare team members to assess, plan, implement, or evaluate patient care plans.

Knowledge

• Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

• Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

• Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

• English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

• Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Skills

• Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

• Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

• Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.

• Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.

• Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Education

Percentage of Respondents Education Level Required

66 Associate's degree

23 Bachelor's degree

11 Some college, no degree

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