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Nurse Job Description

A nurse is a person who is trained to care for sick or injured people, especially in a hospital or clinic. Nurses provide medical care and support to patients, observing and assessing their conditions and administering medications and treatments to them as prescribed by doctors.

A nurse should be patient, quick-witted, careful, friendly and helpful, and able to relate to people from various cultures and backgrounds. They should be good at problem-solving and decision making, and able to show compassion and remain calm in emergencies.

Pursue a career in nursing if you have aptitude for science and interest in caring for people, especially sick or injured persons.

What does a Nurse do?

Nurses may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Nurses usually may work rotating shifts including evenings, midnights, weekends and public holidays. They work in medical offices, hospitals, clinics, hospices and private practices. Job opportunities are also available in prisons, schools, and in the military. Their job may be difficult and stressful, as they may deal with terribly sick or injured patients and aggressive patients as well. While working, nurses may come into contact with diseases and bodily fluids.

What is Required to Become a Nurse?

To become a registered nurse, you will need to have an associate’s or bachelor's degree in nursing. Nursing students undergo theoretical training in classrooms and hands-on practice in hospitals.

Nurses are required to be licensed or registered by the nursing and midwifery council of their country of residence to practice. They are also required to take continuing education courses on a regular basis to keep up to date with the latest developments in the field.


Just to give you an idea, some of the classes that you’ll be taking in college may include:

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Nurses need to have:


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