Registered Nurse

Diabetapedia definition: Registered nurses (RN) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members. A RN typically does the following:

– Record patients’ medical histories and symptoms
– Give patients medicines and treatments
– Set up plans for patients’ care or contribute to existing plans
– Observe patients and record the observations
– Consult with doctors and other healthcare professionals
– Operate and monitor medical equipment
– Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results
– Teach patients and their families how to manage their illnesses or injuries
– Explain what to do at home after treatment

Registered nurses sometimes work to promote general health by educating the public on warning signs and symptoms of disease. They might also run general health screenings or immunization clinics, blood drives, or other outreach programs. Most registered nurses work as part of a team with physicians and other healthcare specialists.

Reference: United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

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