The registered nurse (RN) is to provide health care to individuals, families,
and communities. They provide services designed to promote health, prevent
illness, and achieve optimal recovery from or adaptation to health problems.
does a Registered Nurse do?
- Assesses the patient
and family’s health status and needs: physical, emotional, and psychological.
- Diagnosis: develops an
individual plan of care for patients to manage pain, improve function, maximize
independence, provide education, strengthen coping strategies, and improve
access to community resources.
identification; assures that treatment goals are being met.
- Planning; serves as a
case manager to coordinate various aspects of care and maybe involved in
program planning at a local and national level for rheumatic diseases.
Where does a Registered Nurse work?
administers, monitors, and educates about medications/therapies. Provides
health teaching and health promotion and is an advocate for the patient and
family with the health care facility, the community, and legislative arena.
Conducts research to promote evidence-based practice.
kind of training does a Registered Nurse have?
program with a diploma in nursing
community college education with an associate degree in nursing.
college education with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
registered nurses are licensed in the state they practice.
rheumatology RN has specialized and knowledge and expertise in the care of
persons with rheumatic diseases.
To Find a Rheumatologist or Rheumatology Health Professional
For a listing of
rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals in your area, click here.
For More Information: contact the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals at
(404) 633-3777 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated March 2014, ARHP Practice Committee
This patient fact sheet is provided for general education only.
Individuals should consult a qualified health care provider for professional
medical advice, diagnoses and treatment of a medical or health condition.
American College of Rheumatology