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What qualiications does a registered nurse (RN) have?

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A registered nurse (RN) has an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree. In a doctor’s office, an RN is often the one who coordinates your care with LPNs, technicians, and any other medical professionals. An RN might perform the same tasks as an LPN, but they're able to do more advanced assessments, counseling,and education. An RN may detect a risk for alcoholism or falls, and share this with your provider. They may teach you how to inject insulin, or how to use your inhalers.

From: Who's Who at the Doctor's Office WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Center for Advancing Health: “Your Doctor’s Office Demystified,” "Who’s Who in Your Doctor’s Office?”

American Nurses Association: “What Nurses Do.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Who's Who in Health Care."

California Department of Consumer Affairs, Physician Assistant Board: “Frequently Asked Questions about Supervising Physician Assistants.”

American College of Physicians: "Patient Centered Medical Home."

U.S. Department of Labor: “What Registered Nurses Do,” “What Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Do.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 30, 2019

SOURCES:

Center for Advancing Health: “Your Doctor’s Office Demystified,” "Who’s Who in Your Doctor’s Office?”

American Nurses Association: “What Nurses Do.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Who's Who in Health Care."

California Department of Consumer Affairs, Physician Assistant Board: “Frequently Asked Questions about Supervising Physician Assistants.”

American College of Physicians: "Patient Centered Medical Home."

U.S. Department of Labor: “What Registered Nurses Do,” “What Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Do.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 30, 2019

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