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Nurses' Role and Responsibilities

What nurses in the healthcare organization is responsible for? What does a typical day intel? How do they relay their information to head nurses and doctors.

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Although healthcare organization differs somewhat on the responsibilities of nurses by title, there are some common responsibilities by nurse type.

For example, licensed practical nurses (LPNs), or licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), such as in Texas and California have several responsibilities. They provide the patient care on a very personal level. They usually report (communicate) directly to physicians and RNs and head nurses, and are usually responsible for taking vitals and monitoring in-and-out volumes, treating common like bedsores, and preparing or performing several procedures such as dressing wounds, bathing and dressing, and giving enemas. Because they have frequent direct contact with patients, LPNs and LVNs are important in helping patients deal with their illness. Another responsibly in some, but not all, states for the LPNs and LVNs may be to administer prescribed medicines or start IV fluids (

On the other hand, Registered nurses (RN) comprise the largest group of healthcare workers. The responsibilities of RNs include:

o Most RNs work directly with patients and their families.
o They are the primary point of contact between the patient and the world of health care, both at the bedside and in out-patient settings.
o RNs perform frequent patient evaluations, including monitoring ...

Solution Summary

By discussion and examples of a typical day, this solution discusses what nurses in the healthcare organization are responsible for, as well as how nurses relay their information to head nurses and doctors.