Learn What You'll Do and What Traits You Need to Succeed as a RN

You'll need to be a special kind of person to become a registered nurse. See if you have the traits and skills needed for the job.

What You’ll Do

  • Coordinate patient care
  • Monitor patients' self-management, like diet and exercise
  • Update and maintain patients' records
  • Take vital signs and keep track of patients' medical information
  • Provide medication to patients and watch for side effects
  • Prep patients for exams
  • Work with medical team to best care for patients

Registered nurses (RNs) are one of the most versatile roles in the nursing industry and the demand for them is growing. Working as an RN can be very rewarding and it's also a fantastic stepping stone if you decide you want to advance in your nursing career in the future. Plus, one of the biggest advantages of becoming an RN is gaining real hands-on experience. Learn which personal and professional traits you’ll need to succeed as a registered nurse.

You are... You should be...
An excellent listener Clear communication skills
Compassionate Excellent attention to detail 
Supportive Ability to work as part of a team 
Organized Critical thinking skills
Precise Good ethical standards 
Good-natured  Problem-solving skills 
Dependable High stress tolerance

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