So exactly what is a registered nurse? You landed here, you are interested but not quite sure what a RN is. It's OK, so much has changed over the years and nurses are so much more than "bedpan commandos" or cute women in skirts and hats. To begin, lets just take a look at the definition of "Registered Nurse"
Wikipedia states "a registered nurse is a nurse who has graduated from a nursing program and has met the requirements outlines by the country, state, providence or similar licensing body in order to obtain a nursing license"
Well, that didn't really tell us to much. Ok, so a nurse graduates and obtains a license to be a registered nurse. So what is a nurse?
the dictionary defines nurse as "a person who cares for the sick or infirm, especially in a hospital"....."give medical and other attention to (a sick person)
The American Nurses Association defines nursing as "the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, facilitation of healing, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families. groups, communities, and populations"
The ANA is my favorite answer! Nursing is vast and encompasses so much more than just providing care to the ill in a hospital setting. This summary shows the magnitude of what a nurse is and what a nurse can be.
We all know the name Florence Nightingale, however do you really know what she did for nursing? Do you understand how she paved the way for nursing by bringing her educated beliefs to the battle grounds where they didn't belong? This is revolutionary stuff here! Read More on the History of Nursing!
After learning about the history of nursing, take a look at the most current and up to date job descriptions. These vary based on scope of practice and state and local laws, however the overall duties of the registered nurse are examined to give an intimate look into what you could be doing.
Scope of Practice:
A registered nurse must function under a scope of practice. This tells the nurse what they can and cant do. As nurses gain more training and education, the scope of practice can increase. Do you think a registered nurse is allowed to provide sedation drugs in the emergency room while the doctor sets a broken arm? Find out by reading more of this section!
This is a fun section looking at the history of the nursing uniform up to the current trends and styles for today's RN. From stethoscopes to footwear, the RN sure doesn't look like they did in 1854!