Associate degree nursing duties?

I’m planning on getting my associates degree in nursing. So I was wondering if someone could give me lots of details on the specific duties that this kind of nurse would do? And if it helps narrow it down, I’m interesting in working in the er…critical care..pediatric cardiology… something like that. so anyway.. Anything would be helpful…thanks so much you guys!

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2 Responses to Associate degree nursing duties?

  1. Zaura says:

    If you go to your college website it will and should give you a whole outline of what it entails and all the courses you need to take. You need to take biology classes, math classes like math 1010 and higher. You need to take an english class and pyscology class. You need to then take clinical classes, medical terminology, anatomy and physicology, clinical pathology, tons and tons of stuff. and chemistry classes too. After school you get to do the fun stuff. shots, vital signs, blood testing, some nurses can perscribe medications, I believe those are only physician assistatns though and you have to have a 4 year degree but I am going to school for nursing too :) i’m going to be an anesthetic nurse and help with plastic surgery! YAY!

  2. sweet dreams says:

    Registered nurses (RNs), regardless of specialty or work setting, treat patients, educate patients and the public about various medical conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients’ family members. RNs record patients’ medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, operate medical machinery, administer treatment and medications, and help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation.

    RNs teach patients and their families how to manage their illness or injury, explaining post-treatment home care needs; diet, nutrition, and exercise programs; and self-administration of medication and physical therapy. Some RNs work to promote general health by educating the public on warning signs and symptoms of disease. RNs also might run general health screening or immunization clinics, blood drives, and public seminars on various conditions.

    When caring for patients, RNs establish a plan of care or contribute to an existing plan. Plans may include numerous activities, such as administering medication, including careful checking of dosages and avoiding interactions; starting, maintaining, and discontinuing intravenous (IV) lines for fluid, medication, blood, and blood products; administering therapies and treatments; observing the patient and recording those observations; and consulting with physicians and other health care clinicians. Some RNs provide direction to licensed practical nurses and nursing aids regarding patient care. RNs with advanced educational preparation and training may perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and may have prescriptive authority.

    Critical care nurses provide care to patients with serious, complex, and acute illnesses or injuries that require very close monitoring and extensive medication protocols and therapies. Critical care nurses often work in critical or intensive care hospital units. Emergency, or trauma, nurses work in hospital or stand-alone emergency departments, providing initial assessments and care for patients with life-threatening conditions. Some emergency nurses may become qualified to serve as transport nurses, who provide medical care to patients who are transported by helicopter or airplane to the nearest medical facility.