One of the primary roles of a nurse is to ensure that patients are comfortable during treatment and medical procedures. The task requires a nurturing manner and an ability to think quickly and critically. A treatment room nurse provides care for patients undergoing treatment and recovering from a medical procedure. The work environment is fast paced and includes work with critically ill patients on a regular basis.
Patients placed in a treatment room must be closely monitored and observed before, during and after treatment. A treatment room nurse charts and documents a patient's progress and reports any concerns or changes to an attending physician or specialist. A treatment room nurse also works with the patient to identify any problematic symptoms and to ensure an appropriate comfort level during treatment.
Treatment room nurses are primarily responsible for the general care of patients in a treatment room. Treatment room nurses monitor blood pressure, check vital signs, measure a patient's temperature, administer medications, draw blood and tend to wound dressings. Prior to surgery, treatment room nurses prepare surgical instruments, wash patients and collect requested specimens.
Due to potential side effects and symptoms a patient may experience during or after treatment, treatment room nurses are responsible for providing verbal and written instructions for patients and their families. Instructions may include how to care for a wound, administer medications or follow up with a physician. Treatment room nurses are also typically involved in educating community members at local workshops and seminars.
Treatment room nurses, often registered nurses, are expected to experience a 22 per cent growth in available jobs from 2008 to 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Job opportunities exist in outpatient surgical centres, hospitals, speciality physician offices and urgent care facilities.
Treatment room nurses must acquire a bachelor's degree in nursing prior to passing state licensing exams. Many nurses continue their education by obtaining a master's degree in nursing to qualify for administrative positions in the nursing field. Earnings for registered nurses varies based on years of experience, education, geographic location and speciality area of practice. In 2008, the BLS reported that registered nurses earned annual median wages of £40,592.