A registered nurse is responsible for providing care for patients, communicating any changes in patient health to a supervisor, answering patient questions and performing medical care that a patient may require. A registered nurse can work in many different environments, such as hospitals, medical centres, GP offices, schools, sports centres, nursing homes, and even conduct home visits.
A registered nurse can decide to specialise, and work with patients only relating to that speciality, such as palliative care patients, newborn babies, pregnant women, cancer patients, trauma patients, etc. They are often the people that patients are in contact and interact with the most, therefore it is essential that registered nurses have strong communication skills, are empathetic, and friendly to all.
Registered nurses must also be quick thinking, be able to recognise declines in patient health and be able to respond quickly to changing patient needs.
Day-to-day tasks of this role:
- Answer patient questions.
- Observe patients and record any changes to health.
- Administer medication at the appropriate time.
- Educate patients and their family regarding treatment plans, risks, and all possible outcomes.
- Communicate patient concerns to supervisors.
UNDERSTAND THE ROLE
Skills profile for a Registered Nurse
In order to become a registered nurse, you will have to complete a Bachelor of Nursing, or a Bachelor of Science, majoring in nursing. Typically, after a few years experience as a registered nurse, many people choose to specialise into other areas. There are some common skills required for this role.
A registered nurse will need to have excellent communication skills. They will need to be able to use these communication skills to work closely with patients and other medical staff, as well as when writing medical notes and records. They need to be able to clearly articulate medical jargon to people with no medical knowledge, and to explain health related messaging in a clear, concise and calm manner to patients and their family.
It is also important that registered nurses are equipped with current clinical knowledge and research. They must be able to clearly demonstrate a high level of clinical knowledge on a range of health issues and medications, and know the right times to administer certain medication to certain patients. They must be able to ask appropriate questions to understand presenting health issues, and also have a clear understanding of adherence and barriers to adherence.
It is important that registered nurses are very empathetic and ethical to all patients. They must understand and abide by the laws of ethics, as well as understand cultural and religious differences in presentation and explanation of health issues. It is essential that they demonstrate a caring and empathetic nature with all clients and patients, and are always non-judgmental when interacting with patients.
Once you’ve determined the skills required for the role, you can write the job description to advertise for your position.
Registered Nurse Job Description
- Why is this role being filled?
- How does this role fit into the organization and the team?
- What makes your company unique?
- What would it be like to work for you?
- What technical skills are needed for this role?
- Which soft skills are applicable?
- What are the nice-to-have experiences of your ideal candidate?
- Include availability preferences in this section
- What are the key deliverables for this role?
- What does the day-to-day of this role look like?
- Compensation & bonuses
- Employee benefits & perks
- Ongoing training benefits
PRO TIP #1
As this role can be very confronting, and both physically and mentally demanding, it is important to outline the kinds of situations the applicant may be faced with, as well as what is expected of them in these situations. This may include the duties they may have with specific patients, their daily tasks and hours, and protocol in emergency and high stress situations.
PRO TIP #2
Ensure to include in the job description what it is like to work for your company, what your company values and what your expectations are for the successful candidate. This will ensure you identify the right person for your company.
Sample skills assessment
Question Type: Document
If there was one thing you could change about the industry in terms of training/development or the workplace, what would it be? Please do this in the document below.
Question Type: Text
Tell me about a time where you have demonstrated cultural/religious empathy or understanding in the treatment of a patient.
Question Type: Video
How do you explain technical medical terms to a non-technical person in this role?
Interview guide for a Registered Nurse
Once your Vervoe skills assessment has surfaced the most qualified people for your open role, you can focus on interviewing these candidates. The PDF interview guide contains structured questions against each of the competencies for this role.
This interview guide is intended to be used in conjunction with the Vervoe skills assessment. Where a candidate has scored Low – Medium on a skill, focus on asking more questions from that skill to gain deeper insight into their level of competency.
PDF INTERVIEW GUIDE
Get your copy of the interview guide to complete the hiring process. Includes questions against each of the skill competencies for the role.