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Registered Nurse, Psychiatric Specialty
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Running head: REGISTERED NURSE Registered Nurse (student’s name) (school) Registered Nurse I. Job Description In essence, registered nurses or RNs are nurses who are licensed by the state to practice the nursing profession. Currently, there are millions of registered nurses in the United States and around the world, coming from various nationalities, age-groups, and socio-economic backgrounds (Temple, 2012).
These functions include: assistance during surgeries, administration of medications, monitoring vital signs, monitoring for side-effects of surgeries and/or medications, and also monitoring for complications. Aside from these assistive functions however, these nurses also carry out independent nursing functions, functions which do not need to be ordered by doctors or other health professionals (Temple, 2012). For psychiatric nursing, nursing care involves the administration of psychiatric drugs, observing patient symptoms, including extra-pyramidal symptoms, providing therapeutic care, carrying out suicide watch, and preventing self-harm (Temple, 2012). In order to be RNs, a state licensure exam is often needed. Each state has its own licensure examination and has its own requisite for practice. II. Education and Certification The basic requirement for a career as a registered nurse is to pass the licensure examination in the state where one desires to practice (Nazarko, 2004). Before the licensure examination is taken however, the applicant needs to finish first a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. ...
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