Registered nurses provide the public with quality Health care
A registered nurse (RN) holds many roles, however, the primary focus of all RN work is to provide the public with quality health care through application of knowledge and skill. This is achieved through RNs assisting individuals, families and communities to obtain their optimal level of health, prevent illness and to alleviate suffering. This is done through the RNs work as a front line care provider (hospital, clinic, home care, public health), educator (within all settings), administrator and researcher. RNs are responsible for performing assessments and then creating and implementing a plan of care made specifically for that patient. This plan is evaluated on an ongoing basis to ensure the patient is receiving the best care possible. Some of the work an RN does is visible – but much of it is not, as it is the implementation of highly developed knowledge. RNs also ensure patients have a safe, healthy environment in hospitals and clinics, provide teaching to patients and their families and speak up for them when it is in their best interest.
A high percentage of RNs on a unit is a significant predictor of quality of care. Higher numbers of RNs on a hospital unit is associated with better health outcomes and increased patient satisfaction. Additionally, these units have less wound infections and medication errors. RNs are good for people’s health.
Registered psychiatric nurses (RPN) provide nursing care in the field of mental health.
The registered psychiatric nurses (RPN) provides nursing care in the field of mental health. RPNs work with clients and families on issues related to emotional and mental well being, psychiatric disorders and developmental and/or cognitive difficulties. The role of the RPN is to assist clients to function at their maximum potential. This is achieved through the RPN assessing needs, assisting in the development of coping skills, providing teaching and counseling, and creating, implementing and evaluating mental health programs. RPNs utilize their specialized expertise in long term care facilities, mental health clinics, youth custody facilities, correctional facilities, community clinics, personal care homes, crisis centers, psychosocial rehabilitative clinics and in general hospitals.
Registered nurse (Nurse Practitioners) are registered nurses with additional education and training.
Registered nurse (Nurse Practitioners) are registered nurses with additional education and training. This education allows them to provide expanded health services to clients and families. They are able to diagnose and treat common medical disorders, prescribe medications and treatments, and provide referrals to specialists. RN(NP)s work in rural and urban hospitals and clinics and improve access to care.
Several studies show that RN(NP)s provide just as good of care as physicians. RN(NP)s ease the burden on the healthcare system and assist in providing high quality health care. Due to the positive contributions RN(NP)s make to patients and the health care system, the opportunities for RN(NP) roles is increasing.