A Registered Nurse (RN) is a nurse who has completed all educational and examination requirements and has been licensed to practice nursing in their state. In many ways, RNs form the backbone of the U.S. healthcare system. They perform a range of duties and work directly with patients, doctors, and other healthcare professionals.
Registered Nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their families. Most registered nurses work as part of a team with physicians and other healthcare specialists. Some registered nurses oversee licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants, and home health aides.
Registered Nurses’ duties and titles often depend on where they work and the patients they work with. For example, an oncology nurse works with cancer patients while a geriatric nurse works with elderly patients. Some Registered Nurses combine one or more areas of practice. For example, a pediatric oncology nurse works with children and teens who have cancer.