Are you considering the profession of a nurse? Well that’s a wise career decision. Nursing is a rewarding career, gives myriad opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others. Moreover, for Registered Nurses (RN), growth prospects are unlimited.
Scope for Registered Nurses
Just as any other health worker, Registered Nurse degree holder assists in the care of sick and infirm to facilitate patient care in an effective manner.
There are numbers of exciting areas of nursing practice an RN can choose as per the choice and experience of multiple areas will be additional qualification. Most preferred ones are-
- Pediatrics - Main role involves catering to the need of sick children of the age newborn to 18 years
- Labor and delivery - That cares of pregnant women just prior to delivery, during delivery, and after delivery and looking after of newborn child.
- In Neonatal, sick newborn and premature infants are taken care of.
- In Oncology the RN administers Chemotherapy.
- In Neuro ICU for serious head injuries
- In Trauma ICU for accidental cases
- In Cardiac ICU for heart patients
In all these diverse fields RN can select any of the field of her interest and pursue training and education in same.
Role & Responsibilities
An RN is a very important constituent of high performance health care team. The RNs work under the direct supervision of Doctors and Advanced Practical Nurses and help them to deliver appropriate, timely and compassionate care. As soon as a patient enters the healthcare facility, RN measures and records blood pressure, weight, height, checks pulse, temperature and rate of respiration, etc. the parameters which are vital for the team to perform accurate diagnose.
The other important functions which the RNs perform are observance of any medication reaction, drawing of blood for testing, preparing patient for more vigorous testing procedures, preparing room with facilities with oxygen machines and catheters etc. In addition the RNs answer the patient calls, dressing, treatment and prevention of bedsores, feeding patients and maintaining medication documentation record.
High school diploma holders willing to adopt RN as their profession is required to undergo a two year practical training provided by many community colleges, some of the high schools also offer this training as a part of degree.
On acquiring this training and gaining some experience the students need to take the National exam NCLEX-PN. Once you successfully pass the exam, you can obtain your license and practice as an RN. Good communication skills and strong will power to work under the supervision of a Doctor or Registered Nurse is necessary for this profession.
Compensation & Growth Prospects
RN earn higher in densely populated areas. Their employment scope is not limited to hospitals and clinics, those employed in home care agencies earn more than those employed in general Hospitals.
INSCOL offers 1 year Enhanced Nursing Practice: Clinical & Critical Care program in partnership with Conestoga College, Canada. For more information: