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RN (Registared Nurse)
Transcript of RN (Registared Nurse)
By: Abigail Springer
What it's like to be an RN
Your earnings will vary depending on where you work, your experience, when you work (days, night, weekend, holidays, etc.) your level of experience, and your area of specialty. Approximately 60 percent of nurses work in hospitals, and because nurses are usually hourly employees, overtime may be available if you need extra money.
Pros and Cons Of an RN
Being an RN requires more than just an Associate’s Degree, It requires certain personality traits as well. As a nurse, you are expected to work the best you can with the patients with medical needs. Here are 6 personality traits needed for being an nurse.
Nurses need to understand topics like chemistry, anatomy, psychology, and nutrition to do their jobs well. It takes a strong will to memorize all of the information and apply it in hectic environments. Anyone who doesn’t have tenacity probably won’t even make it through a bachelor’s program, let alone earn a master’s degree in nursing.
Emergency rooms see nearly 130 million patients per day. Most of those patients and their loved ones will rely on nurses to get them through difficult times. Patients won’t get much support from bitter nurses who don’t like meeting new people. Gregarious people who enjoy comforting and helping, however, can thrive in chaotic environments like ERs, but it’s helpful when working in any medical environment since nurses are patient-facing.
Although hospitals tend to pay more than many other practice settings, it is by no means “easy money.” The physical demands of nursing are significant—you can expect to be on your feet for a large portion of an eight to 12-hour shift and you’ll do a lot of bending, stretching, pushing, pulling, and lifting—you may even get a better workout than at the gym!
Your schedule can be erratic and shifts may rotate from week to week or day to day. You may, for instance, work Monday’s day shift from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and then Tuesday’s night shift from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. You typically work some weekends and holidays, and you may be required to be “on call,” which means being available to work at a moment’s notice if needed.
Many people like shift work because it offers a lot of flexibility. Some hospitals also have family-friendly schedules such as 12-hour shifts, and minimal or no shift rotation.
You have the opportunity to help people.
The work and be diverse and interesting.
Flexible work schedules
The salary and retention is good.
You will be exposed to all types of germs and viruses.
Nursing requires education that can be expensive.
Being a nurse and be very stressful.
You may have to work holidays, nights, and weekends.
Nurses play a lot of different roles throughout a shift. Many of them fill out paperwork, take notes for medical records, and provide patient care. Only a methodical person could fill out insurance forms while talking with a patient.
Some studies suggest that optimistic patients recover from certain health conditions better than people with pessimistic attitudes. Nurses who have optimistic disposition can set the mood for healing. It's hard for patients to keep their spirits up. It's even harder when their nurse has a negative perspective.
The average patient will actively participate in behaviors that worsen his or her condition. It's estimated that 60% of American patients don't follow their doctor's orders when taking prescription medications. It takes a lot of patience to deal with people who either will not or cannot follow the basic instructions that could save their lives. Nurses who get frustrated will end their shifts with plenty of tension headaches. Of course, nurses also need extreme patience when filing out endless streams of insurance documents and medical records.
Nurses see people in some of their worst states. People aren't usually in health care centers unless they have some sort of health problem. Over time, nurses can get desensitized to the disturbing things they've seen. Eventually, patients just turn into lists of symptoms and medications. A nurse who feels empathy for other people, though, becomes more in-tune with their patients and can provide better care. Empathy helps nurses communicate with their patients and better understand what they're going through. It is, perhaps, the most essential personality trait of a successful nurse.
Conservator: A court-appointed person appointed to act as the legal representative of a person who is mentally of physically incapable of managing his or her affairs.
Geriatrics: The branch of medicine that focuses on healthcare for the elderly and the treatments of diseases associated with the aging process.
Personal care: Assistance with "activities of daily living," such as getting out of bed, bathing, using the toilet, dressing, walking or eating.
Resident: Person living in a long term care facility. Also referred to as "Patients" as nursing facilities are licensed health care facilities.
Social worker – Care professional committed to advancing social rights.
State health insurance assistance program (SHIP): National program that offers one-on-one counseling and assistance to Medicare recipients and their families.
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