What Nurses Do

Nurses have many responsibilities, such as:

  • Perform physical exams and health histories

  • Provide health promotion, counseling and education

  • Administer medications, wound care, and numerous other personalized interventions

  • Interpret patient information and make critical decisions about needed actions

  • Coordinate care, in collaboration with a wide array of healthcare professionals

  • Direct and supervise care delivered by other healthcare personnel like LPNs and nurse aides

  • Conduct research in support of improved practice and patient outcomes


Where Do Nurses Work?

RNs practice in all healthcare settings: hospitals, nursing homes, medical offices, ambulatory care centers, community health centers, schools, and retail clinics. They also provide health care in more surprising locations such as camps, homeless shelters, prisons, sporting events and tourist destinations