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Registered Nurses
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     challenging words:    administer, detail-oriented, hospice, medical-surgical, microbiology, neuroscience, occupation, oncology, ophthalmic, orthopedic, practitioner, psychology, urology, supervise, clinical, assess
     content words:    United States, Some RNs, Other RNs


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Registered Nurses
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Do you know what the largest health care occupation is? It is the field of registered nurses. There are over two million registered nurses, or RNs, in the United States alone. Where are most RNs employed? Most of them, 3/5 in fact, work in hospitals.
 
2     RNs must complete a course of study to become qualified to practice. They need to study anatomy, microbiology, chemistry, physiology, psychology, and nutrition in an approved nursing program. They also receive supervised clinical experience. Some RNs receive a diploma from a nursing school, some receive an associate degree in nursing (ADN), and some receive a bachelor's of science degree in nursing (BSN). Many with less than the bachelor's degree find it necessary to continue on to the bachelor's degree in order to obtain better opportunities or to focus on a specialty. RNs must pass the NCLEX-RN, the national licensing exam.
 
3     In terms of personality, RNs need to be caring, responsible, and sympathetic. They need to be detail-oriented as well. RNs must be emotionally stable despite the very sick patients they may help. RNs need management skills in order to direct and supervise others such as licensed practical nurses. They need to be disciplined enough to follow guidelines to protect themselves and others. They need intelligence in order to assess the needs of a patient or a patient's situation. RNs, especially in a hospital or nursing care facility, need to be strong enough to assist the movement of patients and stand on their feet a lot.

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