Registered Nurse Duties and Responsibilities

By | January 6, 2015
Registered Nurse job description, duties, tasks, and responsibilities

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Registered Nurse Duties and Responsibilities

Nurses play a critical role in healthcare service delivery.

They perform various duties in hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, patients’ homes, in helping patients go through with treatment.

Nurses may also work with healthy people where they assist them to prevent diseases and remain healthy.

Nurses are expected to go through an accredited educational program, and become certified as Registered Nurse before they are allowed to practice.

Here are duties/tasks/responsibilities a registered nurse is expected to perform:

  • Performs complete health and psychological checks and evaluation on the patient, including checking of vital signs, mental state, and patients’ diet and appetite.
  • Watches the patient’s condition
  • Advocates and encourages disease prevention habits
  • Participates in teaching and training of new nurses
  • Performs continuous assessment and evaluation of nursing service provided to patients to be sure it is effective
  • Admits new patients, initiates patient transfers when necessary, and performs re-certification. He/She will also perform resumption of care, and discharge patients.
  • Confirms changes to be made in Patient Care Plans with the attending physician and the supervisor in charge before going ahead to make them.
  • He/She is responsible for directing patient services.
  • Prepares and submit clinical record forms, such as clinical notes and progress notes every week, detailing services provided. He/She will also present each day a tally of patient care visits.
  • Interacts with the supervisor on patients’ condition and what treatment should be applied. He/She will be involved in case conference.
  • The nurse may discuss with the supervisor the need for other health professionals to be invited to help the patient.
  • He/She takes orders for paraprofessional services and tenders a referral to the staff in charge.
  • Partakes in the planning process to discharge patients.
  • Collaborate with other healthcare firms offering nursing services to ensure continuity of care, and to design and implement effective and comprehensive care plan to patients.
  • He/She is involved in staff growth and development meetings.
  • Attend in-service educational programs, conferences, seminars, and workshops periodically to update their knowledge and skills. He/She will also be involved in the activities of professional organizations, and perform individual research and reading of professional journals and other publications.
  • He/She is involved in the creation and assessment of the physician’s Plan of Treatment and carries out any change as directed.
  • Keeps abreast of developments and changes in the field of drug therapy.
  • Ensure to maintain State and Federal accreditation requirements for Medicaid regulations and others.
  • He/She may be asked to stand in for other nurses who are absent, and to perform other duties.

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