Nurses are some of the most under-appreciated healthcare workers, if not the most under-appreciated. Nurses’ responsibilities include, but are most certainly not limited to, recording medical symptoms and histories, evaluating patients conditions, advising patients, and performing diagnostic tests. Here are some important facts that we should all know regarding our unsung heroes, professional nurses.
Clinical Nurse Specialists
In order to become a clinical nurse specialist, or a CNS, you must pursue a Master’s degree in nursing, pass a National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) and garner at least one year’s working experience as an RN. In order to focus on research as a CNS, you must pursue a doctoral degree.
Nursing-Related Healthcare Services
In 2018, there were about 3.1 million registered nurses working in the United States. Of those jobs, about 60% are in hospital work, 18% in ambulatory services, 7% in nursing and residential care facilities, 5% in government-related work, and 3% in educational environments.