What do nurses do?
A lot! Every day is different for nurses. Some people are attracted to nursing because no two days are the same. Even though a lot of the tasks stay the same from day to day, the people involved are always changing. Nurses never have to worry that their job will be boring or unrewarding.
Your everyday activities will depend on what type or nurse you are and what you specialize in. Like we talked about before, there’s a big difference between a Licensed Practice Nurse (LPN) and a Registered Nurse (RN). An LPN does a lot of the “hands-on” work you’re used to seeing nurses do- like giving shots and medicine, taking temperatures, drawing blood, cleaning wounds, and recording heart rate, weight and blood pressure. All of this information is very important for doctors to know, but nurses perform jobs some people don’t even know about. The good news is it only takes about a year to become an LPN! So if you’re in a hurry to get a cool, exciting job that’s always changing, consider becoming a Licensed Practice Nurse. What a lot of people do is become an LPN quickly, then decide they want to go back to school to become an RN.
A Registered Nurse occasionally does some of the jobs of an LPN, but it’s pretty unusual. RNs have really special careers sometimes. The US government says RNs can work in some really neat areas like:
Ambulatory care, critical care, emergency care, home health care, hospice care, infusion care, long term care, medical-surgical care, occupational health, perianesthesia, perioperative, psychiatric care, radiology nurse, rehab nurse, transplant nurse, addiction care, developmental disabilities nurse, diabetes management, genetics, HIV/AIDS, oncology, wound and ostomy nurse, cardiac and vascular nurse, dermatology, gastroenterology, gynecology, nephrology, neuroscience, ophthalmic, orthopedic, otorhinolaryngology, respiratory, urology, neonatal care, pediatrics, gerontology.
Wow, that’s a lot! All that basically means is that nurses can work just about anywhere! They can work in hospitals, war zones, on planes and helicopters, as teachers, researchers and Nurse Practitioners (who often own their own practices!).
There are more and more possibilities every day! Being a Registered Nurse will let you follow your heart anywhere you want to go.