Staff Nurse job description

Summary

Staff nurses manage the care and recovery of patients who are ill or injured, and are often the first people patients and visitors encounter in hospitals or other medical facilities. These nurses record patients’ vital signs, assess their medical conditions and report their findings to doctors. This is a challenging career requiring physical, mental and emotional strength
Nurses work under doctors’ orders to act as advocates for their patients, administer injections and medication, and reduce their suffering as much as possible. Such nurses also help doctors during diagnostic testing. Although most people in this role work at hospitals and other medical facilities, many travel to community sites or patients’ homes
Candidates must finish a basic training programme and become registered under the Nursing and Midwifery Council. A university degree is soon to become a mandatory requirement in the UK. Entry level staff nurse positions pay an average of just over £20,000 per annum, but senior level nurses can earn as much as £95,333. It is possible for candidates to specialise by population groups, specific health conditions or work settings.

Description

Managing patient care and recovery is the job of a Staff Nurse. Nurses work to help people who have suffered injuries, from accidents or illnesses. They may be the first health care professional you come in contact with when you visit a hospital, clinic or medical facility. Nurses usually assess your condition, take your vitals and report back to doctors, so they can assess you more thoroughly.
Nurses work long hours. Their jobs are demanding and hence they have to be physically, emotionally and mentally strong to handle the daily rigours. Without nurses many health care facilities cannot function. Hence they are paid respectable salaries.
A Staff Nurse usually performs many of the following tasks:
•  Overseeing patient care
• Checking vitals
• Administering medication
• Reviewing and evaluating patient progress
•  Attending meetings
•  Implementing patient care programmes
• Working in community outreach programmes
•  Cleaning wounds and cuts

Skills

• Stress management
• Being efficient and thorough
• Being patient and compassionate
• Being assertive and respectful
• Being good a listener and communicating effectively
• Being able to work in diverse environments
• Being self motivated
• Having physical, mental and emotional prowess
• Teamwork
• Networking
• Problem solving

Education

Nurses have many responsibilities. Their jobs are universal and gaining qualification typically takes them into any health care facility. To become a Staff Nurse you will have to complete the basic nursing training and meet any other local, national, or international requirements. Below are some of these requirements:
•    Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registered
•    NVQ level 2 or higher
•    RGN/RMN qualified
•    Bachelors, Masters or Post-graduate qualification

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