Registered nurses spend by far the most amount of time with patients and their families over any other health care professional. We have a unique perspective on the patient as a whole rather than only relating to the diagnosis or treatment. We talk to patients and examine environmental, social and financial concerns that may affect how a patient’s recovery may be continued or interrupted after discharge. Registered nurses take a holistic approach that reaches beyond diagnosis and treatment.
Being a registered nurse means knowing my job will be challenging. It’s about knowing that what I do (and don’t do) makes a difference in my patients and their families’ lives. Being a registered nurse means I can help save lives and ease suffering. Being a registered nurse means I am a coordinator of care, a patient advocate, a health educator, a counselor, a critical thinker, a care-giver and a researcher – I am a highly trained professional. I AM A REGISTERED NURSE – it is part of my identity.