What is a Registered Nurse?

how do you become an RN?

A registered nurse (RN) is a licensed nurse who works as part of a team with doctors and physicians to provide patient care. Registered nurses oversee licensed practical nurses (LPNs), certified nursing assistants (CNAs), and home health aides.

Where do RNs work?

Registered Nurses can work in a variety of healthcare settings such as schools, hospitals, or private clinics.

What does a typical day look like for an RN?

Registered nurses perform detailed patient assessments and work with a physician to provide full patient care, from preliminary exams and treatment all the way to follow-up visits.

How do you become a Registered Nurse?

A registered nurse (RN) must earn a nursing degree from a state-approved nursing school, pass the NCLEX-RN exam administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and meet all the other licensing requirements mandated by their state’s board of nursing.

Many individuals interested in becoming a registered nurse go directly into an associate degree in nursing (ADN) program. If you wish to become an RN and already hold a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field, you should consider enrolling in an accelerated bachelor’s degree in nursing (ABSN) program.

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