A registered nurse or "RN" is reponsible for implementing the practice of nursing through the nursing process with the consent of other healthcae professionals. Registered nurses work as patient advocates for the care and recovery and make sure that the patient receive appropriate & professional care. RNs use the nursing process to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate nursing care of the sick and injured and have more training and practice scope than the licensed practical nurses (LPN).

Registered Nursing Practice

The scope of practice of registered nurses is the extent to and limits of which an RN may practice. In United States, these limits are determined by the Nursing Practice Act of the state in which abn RN is licensed. In the hospital setting, registered nurses are often assigned a supervisory role to oversee tasks performed by LPNs and unlicensed assistive personnel such as nursing assistants. However, the RN remains responsible for the safety and care of the patient.

Educational & Licensure Requirements

In the United States, there are three routes to initial licensure as a registered nurse. The shortest path (and the most widely utilized) is a two-year Associate of Science in Nursing, a two-year college degree referred to as an ADN; this is the most common initial preparation for licensure in the U.S. This is two years college degree.

Hospital diploma program is another method, which lasts approximately three years. Students take between 30 and 60 credit hours in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, nutrition, chemistry, and other subjects at a college or university, then move on to intensive nursing classes.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a four-year degree that also prepares nurses for graduate-level education. For the first two years in a BSN program, students usually obtain general education requirements in the same manner as ADN and diploma graduates; they spend the remaining time in nursing courses.

Master's of Science in Nursing program is relatively new method to obtain an RN. This type of program combines the state Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) education requirements to obtain an RN with the education necessary to receive an MSN. The requirements to enter this type of program are that a student has an undergraduate degree in a nursing or related field and has completed the prerequisites required by a standard RN program. The student graduates with the ability to take the state boards to receive an RN and a Master's degree.