What does a Staff Nurse do?

Posted on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 by Jacynta RyanNo comments

What does a Staff Nurse do?

A Staff Nurse is a registered nurse who provides high-quality care, a combination of clinical, emotional and social support to patients. Staff nurses play a crucial role in improving the public’s health and well-being and generally work in hospitals and long-term care facilities.

A bachelor’s degree in nursing and registered nurse certification are generally required for this position, and there are both part-time and full-time positions available. Some staff nurses may specialise in particular fields, such as paediatrics or emergency care. Strong knowledge and skills are required to specialise in a specific department, this is important so that the best possible care can be administered.

A staff nurse will take on a wide range of duties all centred around their patients care and needs. They will work closely with doctors and other members of the medical team to diagnose and treat patients. Strong communication skills are essential in order to work well with other medical staff, and patients. Working as a staff nurse may also require working in high-pressure situations, as well as long hours on occasion. 

Nurse responsibilities include:

  • Assisting doctors with physical examinations and care plans.
  • Performing an initial assessment of a patient’s condition.
  • Informing patients and their relatives of what’s happening.
  • Cleaning and dressing wounds.
  • Taking patients’ temperatures and checking their blood pressure and pulse rates.
  • Administering medication and injections.
  • Taking blood samples.
  • Setting up drips and blood transfusions.
  • Using different medical equipment.
  • Checking on a patient’s progress.
  • Handling sensitive and confidential information.
  • Tutoring student nurses.
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