Registered Nurses Bring Value to Health Care

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Registered Nurses play a key role in improving health care delivery. Research shows that the right RN staffing can lower costs and improve the quality of care and patient outcomes – a good investment. With their in-depth knowledge, RNs bring value to health care.

Click here to review research on Safe RN Staffing.

Improved patient experiences. A safe, higher quality system. Smarter spending. Proper RN resourcing creates a more efficient system and builds safer, healthier communities across Newfoundland and Labrador.

RNs in Health Care

From the operating room to long-term care, and outpatient clinics to home visits, Registered Nurses are involved every step of the way with:

  • In-depth knowledge and higher education
  • Advanced judgment and critical thinking
  • Comprehensive assessment and analysis

See what it is we do.

It takes higher education and deeper understanding to be a Registered Nurse.
See what that really means by watching the videos below.

Nursing to a Higher Level – Extended

Nursing to a Higher Level – Extended

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Debbie Forward, RNPresident, RNUNL

Debbie Forward, RN
President, RNUNL

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Nursing to a Higher Level – TV

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What it takes to be a Registered Nurse

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Higher education

With extensive and deeper education that covers more areas of study than other nursing providers, Registered Nurses have the knowledge and judgment you can depend on. Every day we bring our critical thinking to a wide range of conditions, from the most stable or chronic to the most critical and complex.

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A higher level of care

Registered Nurses confidently assess and analyze information. And we apply that analysis to your care, whether it is an individual, family, community or even entire populations. Watching for even the subtlest changes, Registered Nurses are educated to respond in the most rapidly changing situations to prevent complications.

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The trust placed in us

We see patients and their families through difficult and challenging times—you depend on us. We always endeavour to be deserving of your trust, using our knowledge to think critically and exercise sound judgment. Time and time again, Registered Nurses rank in the most trusted professions. It’s a position we’re proud to hold.

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Keeping ahead of health care needs

Registered Nurses help patients every step of the way and far beyond the walls of any hospital or clinic:

  • Promoting healthy lifestyles
  • Believing disease prevention is as important as treating any illness or injury
  • Coordinating and overseeing the care of residents in long-term care; and
  • Helping advance both our profession and health care through education, research, and policy development.

Registered Nurses in their own words.

Registered Nurses work in many different areas of health care and possess different expertise. And the best way to really see the difference a Registered Nurse makes is to get to know one.

Critical Timing – Bernice Doyle, RN

Posted by Admin on Feb 27, 2015

I am a Registered Nurse and work in Triage area of the Emergency Department. I use my assessment skills and years of experience to assess patients and determine who is more urgent and who can wait to be seen by the doctor. This process is not always easy as some people are not as sick as they appear while others are sicker than they look. A Triage Nurse needs to be non-judgmental, calm and kind in dealing with all the different issues in the ER department. This Registered Nurse is usually the first health care provider that the patient sees and is able to assist them with their needs. Most ER departments today have to deal with overcrowding, lack of family doctors and aging population. There are patients who are dealing with illness at home or have a family member who is sick that needs comforting and treatment. The Registered Nurse has the knowledge and experience to be able to help in treatments for these patients. There are many people that are seen in Triage on a daily basis such as patients with lacerations, abdominal pain, chest pain and injuries that require immediate treatment from Triage Registered Nurse such as splints, dressings and lab work. On a shift I was working, I noticed a man in the waiting room had his hand on his chest and appeared in a lot of pain. He looked pale. I asked him to come into my office and determined that he was having chest pain following shoveling snow. He told me he was having severe pain and was sweaty and pale. The pain...

Saving a Life – Paula Didham, RN

Posted by Admin on Feb 26, 2015

The sun was rising in the east over the bay as I headed for home; and I tried my best to let the warmth and promise of a new day lift my spirits. It had been one of those nights from hell. When I finally clocked out – long after shift’s end – I swore I’d never step foot in that building again. My legs were heavy as boards and my feet numb as frostbite. Exhausted as I was though, I knew sleep wouldn’t come anytime soon – my system far too pumped up on adrenalin and my mind still reeling from the events of the last 15 hours. Two steps forward and three steps back – trying to stay ahead of the game all night long. Bringing down temperatures, controlling breathing, calculating dosages, regulating drips, reducing pain, calling doctors, checking orders, confirming values, palpating abdomens, packing wounds, stopping bleeding, transfusing blood, witnessing consents, administering oxygen, counting compressions, holding hands, softening blows, and dealing with death. My patients were critically ill that night. On the ride home I fought to block out the “what if’s” and “second guesses” and told myself I had done everything possible. When I entered my driveway my neighbor was leaving for work. She was wearing bright red lipstick, perfectly applied. My mind retreated back to the start of my shift – to my lady with the smudged red lipstick (that I encountered on my initial round). Her cosmetic bag had toppled over with its contents spilled out onto her over-bed table. When I called her by name and introduced myself, explaining I would be...

Seeing the Signs – Pam Ryan, RN

Posted by Admin on Feb 26, 2015

I am a Public Health Nurse. I have the opportunity to work with newborns and their families, breastfeeding support groups, pre-school health, school health, immunizations and many other services – too numerous to list. I received a typical referral on a newborn baby who had been discharged from hospital with the parents. During my initial phone call to schedule a home visit, I noted Mom was having some challenges with breastfeeding. The baby was not settling well during, or after, nursing. Mom said she was not resting well, due to frequent feedings and she was worried that baby was not getting enough milk. Mom said she was glad that the baby had finally fallen asleep after having a restless night. But she went on to say that the baby was not feeding much since yesterday and commented the baby’s colour seemed off. This comment raised alarm bells for me. I knew I needed more information to get the whole picture. I asked her to tell me more about the baby’s skin colour and feeding. Mom continued to describe the colour as just being off. She also said the baby’s cry seemed weak today. I told mom I was concerned about the baby’s cry, feeding patterns, and colour, and encouraged her to bring the baby for a full assessment at the hospital as soon as possible. I remained factual but calm. After reassuring the family they were doing all the right things with their new baby, they agreed to head to the hospital. About a week later, I received a call from the family stating the baby had been admitted...

Only if you knew to check – Elizabeth Fowler, RN

Posted by Admin on Feb 26, 2015

Working in a surgical unit, I see a lot of clients with post op sternotomies. These clients have had their sternum or breastbone surgically separated to enable the surgeon to operate on their chest cavity. I was turning my client with the assistance of another Registered Nurse, when we both felt a clicking on the client’s torso. He was only 2 days post op at this point and this clicking we felt was subtle but very distinctive. It was something we had both felt several times over the years. Without both the experience and education we receive as Registered Nurses, I don’t think this is something that others would pick up on. I knew immediately that my client had an unstable sternum. This means the wires placed by the surgeon to realign the sternum post op and allow it to heal properly had become loose. I immediately notified the resident on call that shift and a chest x-ray was ordered and done. Unfortunately with my client laying on his back, his chest x-ray appeared normal. There did not seem to be a problem and therefore no action was taken. Several hours later, the surgeon came by to see the client. At this time I explained my concerns that the client’s sternum was unstable but the chest x-ray did not support this. Having worked with this surgeon for many years he knew that I was familiar with the signs and symptoms of this particular complication. The surgeon reviewed the chest x-ray and immediately called the OR and arranged for the client to return to the OR that same day. His...

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New Uniform Initiative

With so many health care staff having so many different responsibilities, it’s important you can identify a Registered Nurse when you need one. That’s why more and more Registered Nurses are choosing to wear the distinctive white and black uniform. So when you need registered nursing expertise, you know who to ask.