What does a Registered Nurse do?

Registered nurses (RNs) assess and evaluate patient conditions, and then plan, implement, provide, and document patient care in a manner that follows professional nursing standards and outlined practices. RNs usually do all of this in conjuction with doctors, nursing assistants, and other healthcare professionals. RNs oftentimes have a specialty; common specialties include labor and delivery, oncology, critical care, medical-surgical, and much more. Most RNs work in state, local, or private hospitals.

RNs need to have graduated from an accredited nursing program, typically obtaining a Bachelor's degree in nursing, and possess a license in the state they want to work in. To become licensed, they must take and pass the NCLEX-RN, which is the national licensing exam, and complete any additional licensure requirements, as determined by the state of practice. The best RNs are compassionate, observant, and detail oriented.

  • Provide all patient care in a manner that reflects respect for patient rights, dignity, values, culture preferences, and expressed needs
  • Assess patient's physical, psychological, and social needs
  • Assess pain and implement appropriate pain management techniques
  • Develop, implement, and revise care plans that reflect patient's diagnosis and outlined standards of care
  • Involve patients and/or significant others in decisions regarding care
  • Document patient history, symptoms, assessments, tests, and care according to guidelines
  • Review patient history, diagnostics, and lab data, and report any abnormalities
  • Educate patient and family on managing injuries and illnesses to ensure a safe and successful discharge
  • Administer medicine and treatment to patients
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from an accredited school of nursing preferred
  • Must possess a current, valid RN license in state of practice
  • Certification in CPR
  • 2 years of experience in a healthcare related field preferred
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a high level of professionalism during stressful times
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Dedicated to provide the best patient care possible
  • Must have general working knowledge of computers and department specific software
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.3 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience0-1 Year

Registered Nurse Salaries

Average Base Pay

₹22,916 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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₹15T
Median: ₹23T
₹43T
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Registered Nurse Career Path

Learn how to become a Registered Nurse, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Registered Nurse
₹2,50,440/yr
L3
Senior Registered Nurse
No Salary Reports
L4
Leader of Nursing
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Read what Registered Nurse professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Elmcroft Senior LivingElmcroft Senior Living
RN RSD
24 Sep 2020

“The care staff is exceptional and I feel very good about the care we deliver to our residents.”

Health FirstHealth First
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25 Aug 2020

“You see so many pts that you see everything so it’s an awesome learning experience but definitely can be overwhelming”

US ArmyUS Army
Clinical Charge Nurse
4 Feb 2021

“Company will not fold; you may enjoy working with Soldiers and veterans; pay is good”

Marks & SpencerMarks & Spencer
Staff RN
16 Aug 2021

“Nice place to work when you want to work and have a nice place to go to”

The Johns Hopkins HospitalThe Johns Hopkins Hospital
Registered Nurse, BSN
24 Jun 2021

“I have a great team I love to work with and I can’t really complain about that”

BAYADA Home Health CareBAYADA Home Health Care
Registered Nurse
15 Jan 2022

“Working somewhere you feel supported and appreciated as a person diem employee is a great feeling”

Integrity Health ServicesIntegrity Health Services
Registered Nurse
28 Jul 2021

“It is flexible hours job.You work when you want to do it .There are nice staff.”

Odyssey HospiceOdyssey Hospice
PRN
24 Oct 2019

“The compensation was decent but the mileage reimbursement arrangements for PRN were not the best.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a registered nurse

When working as a registered nurse, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are CCRN, Critical Thinking, CPR Certified, Excellent Communication and Written Communication.

The most similar professions to registered nurse are:
  • Registered Nurse Case Manager
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Professor
  • Lecturer

The most common qualifications to become a registered nurse is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.