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What does a Nurse do?

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Answered December 09 2021
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Nurses are a critical part of the health care system. While doctors might order tests and surgeries, nurses care for patients, administer medications and review any changes in behavior or health of the patients. They help coordinate patient care and provide information to patients and families. 

 Most Nurses start their careers by working in entry-level positions in hospitals or clinics. However, as you advance in your career, you might find yourself being drawn to one patient group over another. For example, addiction nurses care for people overcoming addictions to drugs or alcohol, while public health nurses help lead public health campaigns to educate their community. 

The daily responsibilities of nurses include assisting medical professionals during surgeries, administering medication, operating medical equipment, or conducting patient pre-screenings. Nurses also work with administrators, insurance companies, Case Workers, and Social Workers to help coordinate patient care. 

Roles & responsibilities of a Nurse
  • Conduct pre-examination tests to identify better the patients' needs, illness, and overall condition.
  • Monitor and record temperature, pulse, breathing, blood pressure, and overall health of the patient.
  • Collect specimens (e.g., blood and urine).
  • Assist Physicians and other medical specialists during medical tests/examinations, surgery, and other medical procedures while maintaining a safe and supportive environment.
  • Provide high-quality, appropriate, and cost-effective care to patients while paying great attention to their comfort and safety.
  • Administer prescribed medication and treatments through oral, intravenous, or injection methods.
  • Apply dressings and bandages.
  • Vaccinate patients to prevent and treat diseases.
  • Liaise with colleagues and patients, often acting as an intermediary between the two.
  • Teach and counsel patients and their families on health-related issues in collaboration with other healthcare providers, efficiently responding to any concerns they may have.
  • Maintain accurate and detailed patient records.
  • Promote preventive health measures and follow up with patients, as required.
  • Perform quality control of equipment, supplies, and procedures, as required.
  • Comply with safety standards at all times, taking precautionary measures to avoid infection and contamination.