What does a Registered Nurse do?

Registered nurses (RNs) assess and evaluate patient conditions, and then plan, implement, provide, and document patient care in a manner that follows professional nursing standards and outlined practices. RNs usually do all of this in conjuction with doctors, nursing assistants, and other healthcare professionals. RNs oftentimes have a specialty; common specialties include labor and delivery, oncology, critical care, medical-surgical, and much more. Most RNs work in state, local, or private hospitals.

RNs need to have graduated from an accredited nursing program, typically obtaining a Bachelor's degree in nursing, and possess a license in the state they want to work in. To become licensed, they must take and pass the NCLEX-RN, which is the national licensing exam, and complete any additional licensure requirements, as determined by the state of practice. The best RNs are compassionate, observant, and detail oriented.

What responsibilities are common for Registered Nurse jobs?
  • Provide all patient care in a manner that reflects respect for patient rights, dignity, values, culture preferences, and expressed needs
  • Assess patient's physical, psychological, and social needs
  • Assess pain and implement appropriate pain management techniques
  • Develop, implement, and revise care plans that reflect patient's diagnosis and outlined standards of care
  • Involve patients and/or significant others in decisions regarding care
  • Document patient history, symptoms, assessments, tests, and care according to guidelines
  • Review patient history, diagnostics, and lab data, and report any abnormalities
  • Educate patient and family on managing injuries and illnesses to ensure a safe and successful discharge
  • Administer medicine and treatment to patients
What are the typical qualifications for Registered Nurse jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from an accredited school of nursing preferred
  • Must possess a current, valid RN license in state of practice
  • Certification in CPR
  • 2 years of experience in a healthcare related field preferred
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a high level of professionalism during stressful times
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Dedicated to provide the best patient care possible
  • Must have general working knowledge of computers and department specific software
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience0-1 Year

Registered Nurse Salaries near United Kingdom

Average Base Pay

£42,247 /yr
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Registered Nurse Career Path

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AdventHealth Wesley ChapelAdventHealth Wesley Chapel
Registered Nurse, Surgical Services
26 Sept 2023

“Some of the people I worked with were incredibly caring and amazing to work with.”

Centurion HealthCenturion Health
Registered Nurse
17 Apr 2023

“Money is great but not worth the short staffing and stress r/t the short staffing.”

University of Abuja Teaching HospitalUniversity of Abuja Teaching Hospital
Perioperative Nurse
27 Jul 2023

“It my pleasure to work with such a great institution but there designed of working was paramount”

Fresenius Medical Care - North AmericaFresenius Medical Care - North America
Staff RN
29 May 2023

“the PCT training was thorough and I felt that the nurse educators were intentional with our learning”

BAYADA Home Health CareBAYADA Home Health Care
Registered Nurse
15 Jan 2022

“Working somewhere you feel supported and appreciated as a person diem employee is a great feeling”

The Johns Hopkins HospitalThe Johns Hopkins Hospital
Registered Nurse, BSN
24 Jun 2021

“I have a great team I love to work with and I can’t really complain about that”

Marks & SpencerMarks & Spencer
Staff RN
16 Aug 2021

“Nice place to work when you want to work and have a nice place to go to”

New York Community HospitalNew York Community Hospital
Staff RN
11 Aug 2023

“You don't always get your schedule and parking can be difficult because there is no garage”

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Registered Nurse Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of registered nurses

Registered nurses assess and monitor the condition of patients, and provide these patients any appropriate care. They often assist doctors in medical procedures, administer prescribed treatments, perform diagnostic tests, and operate medical equipment as required.

Registered nursing is a highly respected career and nurses are the backbone of medical facilities. Caring for people is more of a vocation than a job, and while stressful, it can be extremely rewarding. Registered nurses get to make a difference in people's lives every single day.

Registered nursing has good pay. The average base pay for a registered nurse in the UK is £42,247 per year. Entry-level nursing positions may pay £34,425 but senior nurses can earn over £53,626.

Working as a registered nurse can be a hard job. In a hospital, the hours are long and nurses spend much time walking and standing. At busy times it can be stressful. However, it comes with the reward of being able to make a true difference in the lives of patients.

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