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Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required. Includes advance practice nurses such as: nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists. Advanced practice nursing is practiced by RNs who have specialized formal, post-basic education and who function in highly autonomous and specialized roles.


  • Maintain accurate, detailed reports and records.
  • Monitor, record and report symptoms and changes in patients' conditions.
  • Record patients' medical information and vital signs.
  • Modify patient treatment plans as indicated by patients' responses and conditions.
  • Consult and coordinate with health care team members to assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care plans.
  • Order, interpret, and evaluate diagnostic tests to identify and assess patient's condition.
  • Monitor all aspects of patient care, including diet and physical activity.
  • Direct and supervise less skilled nursing or health care personnel or supervise a particular unit.
  • Prepare patients for, and assist with, examinations and treatments.
  • Observe nurses and visit patients to ensure proper nursing care.
  • Assess the needs of individuals, families or communities, including assessment of individuals' home or work environments to identify potential health or safety problems.
  • Instruct individuals, families and other groups on topics such as health education, disease prevention and childbirth, and develop health improvement programs.
  • Prepare rooms, sterile instruments, equipment and supplies, and ensure that stock of supplies is maintained.
  • Inform physician of patient's condition during anesthesia.
  • Deliver infants and provide prenatal and postpartum care and treatment under obstetrician's supervision.
  • Administer local, inhalation, intravenous, and other anesthetics.
  • Provide health care, first aid, immunizations and assistance in convalescence and rehabilitation in locations such as schools, hospitals, and industry.
  • Perform physical examinations, make tentative diagnoses, and treat patients en route to hospitals or at disaster site triage centers.
  • Conduct specified laboratory tests.
  • Hand items to surgeons during operations.
  • Prescribe or recommend drugs, medical devices or other forms of treatment, such as physical therapy, inhalation therapy, or related therapeutic procedures.
  • Direct and coordinate infection control programs, advising and consulting with specified personnel about necessary precautions.
  • Perform administrative and managerial functions, such as taking responsibility for a unit's staff, budget, planning, and long-range goals.
  • Provide or arrange for training or instruction of auxiliary personnel or students.
  • Refer students or patients to specialized health resources or community agencies furnishing assistance.
  • Consult with institutions or associations regarding issues and concerns relevant to the practice and profession of nursing.
  • Work with individuals, groups, and families to plan and implement programs designed to improve the overall health of communities.
  • Engage in research activities related to nursing.


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