What does a Registered Nurse Assistant do?

Registered nurses (RNs) assess and evaluate patient conditions, and then plan, implement, provide, and document patient care in a manner that follows professional nursing standards and outlined practices. RNs usually do all of this in conjuction with doctors, nursing assistants, and other healthcare professionals. RNs oftentimes have a specialty; common specialties include labor and delivery, oncology, critical care, medical-surgical, and much more. Most RNs work in state, local, or private hospitals.

RNs need to have graduated from an accredited nursing program, typically obtaining a Bachelor's degree in nursing, and possess a license in the state they want to work in. To become licensed, they must take and pass the NCLEX-RN, which is the national licensing exam, and complete any additional licensure requirements, as determined by the state of practice. The best RNs are compassionate, observant, and detail oriented.

  • Provide all patient care in a manner that reflects respect for patient rights, dignity, values, culture preferences, and expressed needs
  • Assess patient's physical, psychological, and social needs
  • Assess pain and implement appropriate pain management techniques
  • Develop, implement, and revise care plans that reflect patient's diagnosis and outlined standards of care
  • Involve patients and/or significant others in decisions regarding care
  • Document patient history, symptoms, assessments, tests, and care according to guidelines
  • Review patient history, diagnostics, and lab data, and report any abnormalities
  • Educate patient and family on managing injuries and illnesses to ensure a safe and successful discharge
  • Administer medicine and treatment to patients
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from an accredited school of nursing preferred
  • Must possess a current, valid RN license in state of practice
  • Certification in CPR
  • 2 years of experience in a healthcare related field preferred
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a high level of professionalism during stressful times
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Dedicated to provide the best patient care possible
  • Must have general working knowledge of computers and department specific software
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.3 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience0-1 year

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Elmcroft Senior LivingElmcroft Senior Living
Sep 24, 2020

“The care staff is exceptional and I feel very good about the care we deliver to our residents.”

Health FirstHealth First
Registered Nurse
Aug 25, 2020

“You see so many pts that you see everything so it’s an awesome learning experience but definitely can be overwhelming”

US ArmyUS Army
Clinical Charge Nurse
Feb 4, 2021

“Company will not fold; you may enjoy working with Soldiers and veterans; pay is good”

Odyssey HospiceOdyssey Hospice
Oct 24, 2019

“The compensation was decent but the mileage reimbursement arrangements for PRN were not the best.”

Integrity Health ServicesIntegrity Health Services
Registered Nurse
Jul 28, 2021

“It is flexible hours job.You work when you want to do it .There are nice staff.”

US Department of Veterans AffairsUS Department of Veterans Affairs
Registered Nurse, BSN
Jul 22, 2019

“I changed my mind and decided to stay with my current private sector employer who is great.”

HCA HealthcareHCA Healthcare
Mar 12, 2021

“Luckily my current unit director is amazing and I enjoy working with her as she is very supportive.”

MGA HomecareMGA Homecare
Registered Nurse
Jan 5, 2021

“The 1:1 ratio felt wonderful and I was always grateful to know my exact schedule every week.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of an assistant registered nurse

When working as an assistant registered nurse, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are CPR Certified, English Language, Dressing, Critical Thinking, and Bathing.

The most similar professions to assistant registered nurse are:
  • Registered Nurse Case Manager
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Professor
  • Lecturer

The most common qualifications to become an assistant registered nurse include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.