Primary care registered nurses work in the health care industry and focus on aiding patients for their entire stay with a provider. Typical work shifts last between eight and twelve hours, and common tasks include administering routine care, charting and filling out forms, interacting with health teams, making phone calls, administering vaccines, monitoring blood pressure, and dispensing medication. Primary care registered nurses work in a hospital and/or clinical office setting and also discuss a wide array of topics with patients, including but not limited to lab results, medication questions, and pain-related complaints.
In order to offer the best care for patients, primary care RNs work closely with licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants, primary care providers, and on-site staff. Education requirements include a bachelor’s degree in nursing or a post-bachelor's certificate in nursing from an accredited program, and nursing licenses must also be obtained from the state of employment. Licenses must be renewed after each state board’s specified period, and renewal includes continuing education courses and/or paying a fee.
Primary care registered nurses are required to make decisions on a patient-by-patient basis and are responsible for coordinating care. Their schedules typically correspond with the patients they have been assigned; for instance, if a patient is expected to stay in a hospital unit for four days, the associated nurse will be scheduled to work those same four days. The ultimate goal of primary care nursing is to provide patients with a therapeutic level of care, regardless of disease or circumstance.