Quote from medsurgnurse
I want start a thread about what nurses do. Since many non-nursing personnel participate on the board and have a simplistic view of what nurses
( RN or LPN) actually do. I'm not trying to be mean spirited, I want to see how long the list can get. Name something as a nurse you do, physical tasks, mental, anything.
As a nurse I:
1. educate patients about their diagnosis and treatment plan; also about medications, purpose, expected result and potential side effects.
Good idea for a thread!
It would probably also be helpful to really break this down into very concrete descriptions for those new to health care, i.e. ... explain what constitutes "IV therapy," "patient education," "assessment," "charting," etc.
As an ER nurse ... here's a (very) short list:
I assess patients who come in to the ER either on their own or via EMS. This includes asking questions about their symptoms; observing tangible symptoms; listening to heart & lungs, checking BP, heart rate, respiratory rate & temp; asking about past medical history of illnesses & surgical procedures; and asking about medications & treatments.
I start IVs, draw blood, and obtain urine, sputum, fecal & other samples for lab testing.
I give IV, oral, topical & inhalation meds.
I educate patients on medical conditions, treatments & meds verbally and direct them to other sources of info - referrals, printed materials, online info, etc.
I do EKGs & attach pts. to various types of monitors.
I participate in codes (resuscitations) including giving meds, performing chest compressions & ventilating pts. using an ambu bag.
I continually reassess my pts. vital signs, cardiac rhythms, respiratory status, pain level and whatever else is relevant to their conditions.
I transport my pts. to intensive care units and sometimes to x-ray/CT/MRI.
I precept nursing & paramedic students.
I document everything done with/for patients in a combination of computer & paper charting systems.
And a thousand other things. :spin: