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Can you describe in more detail the role of a nurse, including their responsibilities and the different settings they can work in?

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The primary role of a nurse is to be the front-line assistant to a patient's health. They assess the health needs, both critical and preventative, of their patients and advocate for necessary care.

The responsibilities of nurses vary greatly depending on their setting and the age and needs of their patients. Nursing responsibilities can include any of the following:

  • Administer medication to patients
  • Assess patient vital standings
  • Determine when patients are in need of immediate and specialized medical treatment
  • Advocate for patients to receive care from other facilities, such as long-term assisted health services
  • Teach patients and their families how to manage or control their illnesses or abilities
  • Operate a variety of medical equipment
  • Perform a battery of diagnostic tests and be able to interpret the results
  • Record patients' medical histories
  • Record patents' symptoms of illness and follow-up accordingly with increasingly specific questions to evaluate illness
  • Perform life-saving care to critically ill patients
  • Carefully monitor patient health and record deviations from expected health behaviors

Nurses can be found in many different environments. Consider just some of the places you can find nurses today:

  • Hospitals (general, ER, ICU, NICU, PICU, CCU)
  • Schools
  • Military bases, domestic and international
  • Corporate businesses
  • Oncology offices
  • Mental health facilities
  • Private practices
  • Dialysis centers
  • Home health services
  • Genetics counseling offices
  • Reproductive specialists offices
  • Cardiovascular centers
  • Breast health clinics
  • Governmental services (such as the Department of Health)

There are many options for people interested in a nursing career. Check out the link below from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for further information, and be sure to click through the tabs at the top for helpful information about this field of human services.

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