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What is an RN?

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June 12, 2009 11:57PM

RN stands for Registered Nurse

In the United States, a registered nurse has AT LEAST two years of nursing education behind them and they may even have a master's or PhD in nursing. They are licensed by an independent board and must pass a difficult test required a large range of knowledge about the human body, illnesses, symptoms, correct responses and drug interactions among other things. They have the widest scope of any nursing profession and can even open their own practices and practice some forms of medicine without working for a physician. When a doctor decides that you need some form of treatment it is almost always a nurse who will do the actual treating and monitoring to be sure that it is working and there are no complications. They give the shots, check the blood pressure, and generally are the ones out on the front lines making medicine happen. (This is not meant as a slight to doctors who are experts in their own right and also work very hard.) There is a nurse shortage in the U.S. so if you are interested in nursing, we NEED you. Registered Nurse