Registered nurses (RNs) provide care, treatment, counseling and health education to ill or injured people. Registered nurses (RNs) interpret and respond to patient symptoms, reactions, and progress. They teach patients and families about proper health care, assist in patient rehabilitation, and provide emotional support to promote recovery. They monitor their patients' conditions, give them medications and treatments prescribed by a physician and communicate with the doctor and other members of the health care team to care for patients.
RNs use a broad knowledge base to administer treatments and make decisions about patient care. Nurses may work in a certain specialty area such as intensive care, surgery or obstetrics, public health, or with special populations such as children, the elderly or persons with disabilities. They also provide education to individuals and families to promote health and prevent injury and illness. Nurses direct and supervise nursing support personnel.