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Transcript of Registered Nurse
History of Nursing
Nursing has been a relevant profession since medieval times, but it became big in the United States during the Civil War.
The strong foundation of nursing was laid down by Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War in 1854. At this time, nurses weren't formally trained. They just worked off of their personal experience.
Majors & Colleges
The best path when attending a University to become a nurse is to get your under-graduate degree in pre-nursing and then go to graduate school for nursing.
Some local colleges that offer this program:
Western Michigan University
Wayne State University
Grand Valley State University
Michigan State University
University of Michigan
Skills & Personality
Nurses must be:
able to adapt
on their feet all day (sometimes 12+ hours at a time)
good communication skills
Daily Duties of a Nurse
Work with many different patients (from children to elderly)
Observe/record patient behavior
Consult with other healthcare professionals
establish treatment plans
operate medical equipment
perform diagnostic tests
This job fits into the "big picture" because the RN's work hand-in-hand with the Physician's. They help them out and make things run smoothly.
Most nurses work in medical and surgical hospital environments. Some also work in Physician's offices, home health care, and educational services.
Pathway To Becoming a Nurse
You need to first get a High School Diploma to enter nursing school. A lot of nursing programs are very competitive, so you might have to test into one.
If you're going for your ASN, it will take 2-3 years to complete and the BSN is a 4 year program.
After this, you can apply for an RN job and work towards getting your Masters (MSN).
A good starter job would be a medical office receptionist, nurses aid, or medical assistant.
After you become an RN, you can advance to higher positions as you get higher degrees. With your Masters in nursing you can become a:
Critical Care Worker
Linda Richards- first educated nurse in the U.S.
Mary Mahoney- first African American graduate nurse
Clara Barton- volunteer nurse during the war who founded the American Red Cross.
Requirements to Obtain
To become a registered nurse, you need at least an Associate of Science and Nursing Degree (ASN.)
If you want more flexibility and opportunities, you can go on to get your Bachelor's (BSN).
All nurses must take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become "registered."
More than 3,000 people served as volunteer nurses during the Civil War.
After the Civil War, industries started to grow and immigrants started to pour in, which increased the demand for healthcare workers. This resulted in nursing schools and specialized nurses.
The first actual nursing school in the U.S. was the Women's Hospital of Philadelphia, which opened in 1872.
Famous Historical Figures
Many RN's spend a lot of time standing, walking, lifting, and bending.
They also might come in contact with patients who have infections diseases.
A lot of times they usually work long shifts of about 12 or more hours.
They also usually have to work nights, weekends, and holidays.
Usually are "on call" where they have to come in immediately when they are called.
More about the job..
The RN usually reports to the Medical Doctor (MD) or Physician that supervises that department.
The people that report to the RN are Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses, and the Nursing Assistants.
Salary & Benefits
Most RN's are on salary and make about $69,110 a year.
RN's that work in a Physician's office or Specialty Hospitals usually make more.
You can get certain benefits such as time off, pension, healthcare, 401k, Social Security, and Disability.
Positives & Negatives
doing many different things (never boring)
working with many different people
working long shifts
being on feet all day
The employment of Registered Nurses in Michigan is expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2014.
Throughout the U.S., the job outlook will increase by 26% from 2010-2020.
The highest demand for RN jobs right now are in home health care and outpatient care centers.
Economy & Available Jobs
A lot of hospitals have had to lay off nursing staff because of budget costs, but there's always going to be a demand for healthcare professionals. No matter how the economy is, people are still getting sick/hurt.
Local places with possible positions:
St. John's Hospital & Medical Center
Many local Physican's offices
Benefits to Society
Nurses help the community and society almost directly. They work towards making people get better. They also practice and teach prevention to make society remain healthy.
This career is crucial to society. Nurses are prepared to reach out to those in need and care for others directly. They work towards making society healthier as a whole.
This career would be a good one for me because I love helping people. I also love being hands-on and being able to communicate with others. I would never be bored and would truly enjoy my job.