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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

reg′istered nurse′(n.)

  1. a graduate nurse who has passed a state board examination and been registered and licensed to practice nursing.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. registered nurse, RN(noun)

    a graduate nurse who has passed examinations for registration

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  1. Registered nurse

    A registered nurse is a nurse who has graduated from a nursing program at a college or university and has passed a national licensing exam. Many first become a licensed practical nurse or licensed vocational nurse. Some RNs continue their undergraduate training with RN-to-BSN programs. A registered nurse's scope of practice is determined by the school and by the government responsible for health care in the region. These bodies outline what is legal practice for registered nurses and what tasks they may or may not perform. In general, registered nurses help individuals, families, and groups to achieve health and prevent disease. They care for the sick and injured in hospitals and other health care facilities, physicians' offices, private homes, public health agencies, schools, camps, and industry. Some registered nurses are employed in private practice, and a few work at home for healthcare companies. Nurses must have the ability to get along with other people and must communicate well. They must provide, without prejudice, the best care possible for every client. Especially during critical moments, the nurse must be self-controlled and efficient and show problem solving ability. Each registered nurse trains for one or more specialty areas. Examples of specializations are emergency care, addiction treatment, nephrology and neonatal care.

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