Registered Nurse

The registered nurse (RN) works in a variety of settings throughout the hospital providing care to patients. The field has a multitude of specialty areas in which the registered nurse may choose to specialize. Once considered a job for women, competitive salaries, advances in technology and job stability have transformed the nursing field as one open to both men and women alike.

Educational Requirements

The educational requirements to become an RN can be met by completing a hospital-based diploma program, Associate's Degree or Baccalaureate Degree program. All registered nurses must be licensed by the state board of nursing to be eligible to work. In Atlantic County, entry level nursing programs for RN candidates is available at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (BSN) and Atlantic Cape Community College.

Working as a Registered Nurse

The role of the registered nurse is vast and includes the care and treatment of patients, education of patients, their families and/or caregivers, provide emotional support to patients and their families, to administer medications, aid in the performance of diagnostic tests and interpret results. Registered nurses may also provide education and training to the public at large about medical procedures or treatments, wellness activities and the promotion of good health.

When caring for patients, the registered nurse plays an integral part in the development or revision of the plan of care for his or her patients. Individuals pursuing a career in nursing need to be caring and compassionate, have good critical thinking and analytical skills, the ability to multi-task and display exceptional interpersonal relationship skills to relate to their patients, colleagues and physicians.

For more information on accredited and approved educational programs for registered nurses, visit nln.org.

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