The majority of workers in the healthcare industry are registered nurses, who are responsible for providing care to patients with various illnesses or injuries, including in-home care settings.
Their responsibilities include:
- Conducting comprehensive skilled assessments
- Observing and recording patient medical history and symptoms
- Establishing and implementing care plans
- Managing and delegating tasks to nursing assistants
- Offering emotional support to patients and their families
- Teaching and educating patients on their plan of care
Registered nurses typically hold a degree in nursing, with options ranging from an associate’s degree to a nursing diploma, and are required to pass a national licensing examination.
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are also important members of the healthcare team, working under the supervision of registered nurses and physicians.
They perform tasks such as:
- Administering medication
- Taking vital signs
- Dressing wounds
- Assisting patients with daily living activities
LPNs can receive additional training to specialize in areas such as pediatrics, surgery/recovery, obstetrics, and psychiatry, and are responsible for observing patients, recording their reactions to medications and treatments, and reporting the results to the registered nurse or physician in charge.
Both registered nurses and licensed practical nurses provide care in various areas, such as:
- Geriatric Assessment
- Cardiac Care
- Diabetes Education and Management
- Wound Care
- Specialized Care for Individuals With Alzheimer’s, Dementia, or Parkinson’s Disease
- And More
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