Nurse – Job Description
Nurses play significant roles in hospitals, clinics and private practices. They make up the biggest health care occupation in South Africa. Nursing job duties include communicating between patients and doctors, caring for patients, administering medicine and supervising nurses’ aides. The educational path for becoming a nurse vary depending on the type of nurse one hopes to become, but all nurses must be licensed.
Nursing Job Duties
Although degrees of responsibility vary between nursing levels, job duties are principally similar.
• Administering medications
• Managing intravenous (IV) lines
• Caring for patients
• Observing and recording patients’ conditions
• Communicating with doctors
• Providing emotional support to patients and their families
• Advising patients on how to self-administer medication and physical therapy
• Educating patients and the public on disease management, nutritional plans and medical conditions
Because nurses may choose to specialize in specific types of treatments, health conditions, patient populations or body systems, specific job duties can vary amongst specialties. Advanced practice nurses can work independently and have additional job duties, such as prescribing medications, examining patients and making diagnoses.