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what are the things nurse do ?

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i wanna know about the things nurses do and is it something they would say is a great job . #nursing

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Jocelyn’s Answer

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Nursing is a great career. It’s fulfilling, rewarding and fun. However, it does take a strong mind and back to be a nurse. Some things that nurses do would be start IVs, monitor medications, give medications, provide emotional support to those who are dying and their families, celebrate with patients who have become sober or beat cancer, provide collaborative care with a team of nursing assistants, doctors, nurse practitioners, Xray techs, lab techs and others. Some nurses work in surgery and help as a First Assistants to the surgeon. There are so many options for nursing out there. I’ve been a nurse for 10 yrs and am now moving onto Nurse Practitioner. Still a nurse, but I’m a different role!
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Erin’s Answer

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Sue's answer was excellent! Nurses do so much. In addition to the above:
-recover patients from procedures/surgery
-are the first to know when something is going wrong and respond to it
-on medical or surgical hospital wards, have to manage a certain number of patients and make sure they are on the right path to recovery.
-in intensive care, mange fewer, but sicker patients
-work in administrative roles to run hospitals, clinics, or agencies.
-work as school nurses
-work as nurse educators

The possibilities are endless!
Good luck!
Erin
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Kerrie’s Answer

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The main thing that nurses do is act as an advocate for their patients. Nurses are taught many skills that are task-oriented and work interprofessionally with all kinds of other health care team members to give the best care to the patient. I believe that nursing is the best job because there are so many facets to it.
Nurse can opt to work in almost any part of the medical field, whether it is in the hospital, outpatient area, nursing home, home health, doctor's office, school, university, education, etc...these are all possibilities available for a nurse to work in. A nurse can work directly with a patient, work in education, work in schools or universities, become professors, work as an advanced practice nurse, etc...
Nurses are trained to administer medications, read and interpret physician orders, interpret vital signs, perform patient care (e.g., baths, wound care, IV starts, urinary catheterization, record intakes and outputs, place nasogastric tubes), and assess body systems. There are so many more things that nurses do that are too long to list but this is the basics.
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Suzanne’s Answer

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Hi Faith,

Registered nurses perform a wide variety of professional tasks. I want you to think about it this way: doctor's diagnose and treat medical diagnosis. Nurses diagnose and treat the human responses to illness/wellness.

As part of our job, we learn about medicine, pharmacology, procedures, mental health, and aspects of humans from birth to death.

Nurses read and interpret doctor's orders. If there are mistakes, the contact the doctor for correction. Nurses must give patients medications in the hospital and clinics. Nurses must know what the drug is, what it is for, what the side effects are and how to recognize any adverse effect the patient must have.

Nurses perform a variety of procedures such as inserting urinary catheters or starting IV's.

Advance practice nurses (nurse practitioners) can do even more: assess patients, prescribe medications, and do more invasive procedures.

Nurses in surgery assist with all aspects of the surgery.

Nurses must be able to rapidly and safely respond to any patient emergency.

Nurses must be able to recognize if a patient is having emotional distress and must be able to respond correctly and with empathy.

Nurses assist the birth process, nurses educate new mothers, nurses assess babies and make sure they are safe.

Hospice nurses are experts in helping people and their families cope with the dying process. These nurses are expert in pain control medications and measures.

The list is nearly endless.

In my past profession, I cared for cancer patients who elected to participate in clinical trials (new drugs). I gave the drugs, monitored for side effects, treated side effects, reported side effects to the FDA......entered data into large databases......I think I need more space to articulate the varied nature of my particular specialty. I was part of teams that successfully brought new cancer drugs to the general population. I loved every patient and cared very deeply for their individual outcomes.

Nursing is a fantastic job. It is well compensated. It is emotionally and mentally satisfying. It gives to others. There will be a huge shortage of nurses in just a few years. It is worthwhile to work towards a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing. I never regretted the time and effort it required to become a registered nurse.

Here is some additional information:

https://www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/nursing/blog/what-does-a-registered-nurse-do/

Best to you!
Sue
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