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Nurse Duties While Working In a Nursing Home

There are currently four main types of opportunities for nursing home jobs available in the U.S.

  1. Geriatric Nurses
  2. CNAs – Certified Nurse’s Assistants
  3. RNs – Registered Nurses
  4. LPNs – Licensed Practical Nurses

The smaller nursing homes most often employ the RNs and CNAs, and the larger homes may employ all 4 of these types of nurses. Each job requires a different education level and carries its unique responsibilities.

The busiest of these four classifications are the CNAs. They are the most visible nurses you’ll find in any nursing homes. They’ve earned their nursing assistant degree from an accredited institution like the Charter Health Care Training Center.

CNAs work closely alongside nurses and patient ensuring that all the patient’s needs are being met. They carry out many responsibilities such as dressing, bathing, feeding, and assisting patients in using the restroom.

RNs carry either a 2-year or 4-year degree in nursing. They are charge with a very high level of care for their patients. They’re responsible for handling emergencies, monitoring patients, diagnostic testing, educating patients, and administering medications.

Because doctors working in these nursing homes don’t work full time, an RN must act as a “first point of contact” or a go-between for patients and medical staff. That means they need to have excellent organizational and management skills and hold up well under pressure.

When you compare RNs to LPNs, you’ll see they have higher levels of education. They also carry out more tasks and responsibilities. With that comes a higher salary as well. Many of their main responsibilities include the supervising and assigning of LPNs. The LPNs are charged with maintaining medical charts, recording vital signs, and ensuring the home runs smoothly.

Geriatric nursing is among the most “in-demand” job opportunities for nurses available today. They’re very similar to RNs except they specialize in caring for the elderly in a bit of a “different way.” They’re experienced in providing both physical and mental care to their elderly patients.

27 Responses so far.

  1. F.Jon says:

    I currently have a geriatric nurse looking after my mother and I couldn’t be happier. This is the most relaxed I’ve seen her in a while. They really know how to treat the elderly in a way that is needed.

  2. Vincent Royce says:

    United States is in need of Health professionals. It is one of the lucrative job nowadays.

  3. rob says:

    When the doctor’s are not around, the RN’s are the ones who have to make life changing decisions. I commend anyone working in a nursing home, taking care of the elderly is not a easy task.

  4. Whitlinger says:

    I have a greater respect for nurses after reading your article. They are truly a gift to our society.

  5. Katherine says:

    Thank you for clarifying the roles of RNs, CNAs, LPNs, and GNs. I’ve

  6. Harriot says:

    Charter Health Care Training Center seems very professional. I will contact you tomorrow about your nursing courses and certification.

  7. CHESTER says:

    Nursing homes is the home of our elderly and sickly members of the family. Nursing homes are blessing for family members who do not have the time and talent to nurse old family members.

  8. DAVE says:

    It is but a joy that we have nursing homes who can accommodate members of the family whom we cannot take care at home, Kudos to our caring nurses and staff of nursing homes.

  9. Katherine A. says:

    Thank you for clarifying the roles of RNs, CNAs, LPNs, and GNs. I’m currently considering of transferring from a ward nurse to a nursing home. I wasn’t quite sure of what RNs do in a Nursing Home and you clarified a lot. I’m thinking of sending in my application next week.

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