What is a Nurse?

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What Do Nurses Do?

Nurses can play many roles in health care; however, the general responsibility of a nurse is to provide and coordinate patient care. Nurses often serve as health educators, providing patients and the public with information about various health conditions and serving as advocates for preventative care. In many health care settings, nurses serve on the front lines by providing advice and emotional support to patients and family members.

Other nursing duties may include the following:

  • Keep and manage patient records.
  • Set up patient care plans.
  • Consult with doctors and other health care professionals.
  • Operate and maintain medical equipment.
  • Perform diagnostic test and analyze results.
  • Serve as a patient advocate.

Nurses often serve in varied work environments. While hospitals are overwhelmingly the largest nursing employer, nurses may also work in physician offices, home health care service centers and nursing care facilities.

Career Outlook

Nursing is a growing field with a strong job outlook through 2020. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects nurse employment to grow 26 percent within the decade, with faster than average growth in traditional hospital settings. Outpatient care centers such as chemotherapy, rehabilitation centers and surgery are also expected to see faster than average growth due to the continued integration of technological advancements, which have improved patient care and reduced treatment time.

Nursing professionals with a BSN have better job prospects than those with a diploma or associate degree.

The median annual salary for a registered nurse is nearly $65,000.

The King University Advantage

To maintain our commitment to an affordable education, King University has announced a zero percent tuition increase for the 2013 to 2014 terms. King University is also proud to offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree 100 percent online, which helps bridge quality and accessibility for our adult learners.

King University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.