A nurse is a healthcare professional who is responsible for providing care to patients in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and private homes. Nurses work closely with doctors and other healthcare professionals to promote, maintain, and restore the health of their patients.
- Assessing patients’ health and medical histories.
- Creating care plans and monitoring patients’ progress.
- Administering medications and treatments as prescribed by healthcare professionals.
- Monitoring and recording vital signs, such as blood pressure and heart rate.
- Assisting with diagnostic tests and procedures.
- Educating patients and their families about health conditions and treatments.
- Collaborating with other healthcare professionals to ensure quality patient care.
- Advocating for patients’ rights and needs.
- Supervising and delegating tasks to other healthcare personnel.
- A degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited institution.
- A license to practice nursing in the state or country of employment.
- Continuing education to maintain licensure and stay current on healthcare practices and trends.
- Clear criminal record check and/or vulnerable sector screening.
- Some employers may require additional certifications or training in specialized areas, such as oncology or pediatrics.
- Strong clinical and critical thinking skills to assess and manage patients’ health needs.
- Excellent communication skills to interact with patients, families, and healthcare professionals.
- Attention to detail to accurately record and monitor patient data.
- Compassion and empathy for patients and their families.
- Physical stamina and endurance to handle the demands of the job.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.