Registered Nurse Analysis

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Analysis of a Registered Nurse Bethany Dyer B17004326 2/11/18 A Registered Nurse (RN) is an individual who has graduated from a school/college nursing program and has passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). “The RN assumes responsibility for the care of the sick, injured, disabled, and the dying. Registered nurses work both independently and in collaboration with other healthcare professionals” (Buhler-Wilkerson 2017). RN’s supervise the work of licensed practical nurses (LPN) and certified nursing assistants (CNA). RN work settings include hospitals, physician’s office, ambulatory care, nursing home, schools, clinics, and home health. They also provide health care at homeless shelters, camps, and prisons (Mainous 2017).…show more content…
A beginner/novice nurse is usually paired with an expert RN during orientation. The novice nurse will attend classes/workshops to provide vital information on becoming successful in their current working environment. They receive hands-on training regarding patient care and facility policies. After completion of orientation, the RN will have the knowledge base to care for patients on his/her own. All RN’s are required to complete competencies during the orientation period, and each year to comply with state licensure expectations. Some form of continuing education generally is required for license renewal or continued employment. Some workshops qualify for continuing education credits which is also required to renew licensure. Professional nursing organizations, typically offer annual conferences, where registered nurses can network with their peers, focus on leadership, personal development, or on a specific area of…show more content…
According to the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses, there are 3.1 million licensed registered nurses (RNs). Approximately 62 percent of RNs work in hospitals, and 18 percent work in ambulatory settings. ADN represents 45.4 percent while BSN or graduate degrees were 34.2 percent. Fewer than half of nurses with master’s degrees work in hospitals” (NSSRN 2010). “Staff nurse is the most common at 66.3 percent. The next most common job included management and administration at 12.5 percent. Nurse Faculty estimated 31,056 RNs working in their nursing position” (NSSRN 2010). “Estimated 158,348 nurses were nurse practitioners (NPs). NPs represent the largest group of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Nurse Midwives Nurse midwives (NMs) were the smallest of the APRN groups, with an estimated 18,492. Nurse Anesthetists (NAs) was the third largest group of APRNs, with an estimated 34,821. Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS’s) make an estimated 59,242 nurses. An estimated 466,564 RNs were not employed in nursing in 2008” (NSSRN 2010). States with the highest employment level of registered nurses are California, Texas, New York, and Florida. States with the lowest employment level of registered nurses are Hawaii, Alaska, Vermont, and Montana (NSSRN

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