Nursing Home Nurse Career Guide

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A Nursing Home Registered Nurse (RN) plays a vital role in providing specialized care and support to elderly residents in nursing home facilities. These dedicated healthcare professionals ensure the well-being and comfort of elderly individuals who may require round-the-clock medical attention and assistance.

Essential Job Functions:

Nursing Home RNs are responsible for administering medications, monitoring vital signs and managing the


To become a Nursing Home RN, aspiring candidates must obtain a nursing diploma, Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited nursing program.

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Related certifications

Upon completing the educational requirements, individuals must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to become a licensed RN. While prior experience in long-term care settings can be beneficial, it may not always be mandatory.

State licenses process and requirements

All 50 states require state licensure to become a professional nurse. Review the step-by-step process to obtain or renew your RN license in each one.
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Staff and Travel Nursing Home RNs should possess strong clinical skills, including wound care, medication management and assessment of geriatric health conditions. Effective communication, compassion and empathy are crucial when interacting with residents and their families. Additionally, organizational and time-management skills are vital for coordinating care and managing multiple residents' needs.

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Nursing Home RNs assess residents' health status, create care plans, administer medications and monitor changes in condition. They provide hands-on care, collaborate with physicians and other healthcare professionals and offer emotional support to residents and families. Documentation of care, education of residents and infection control measures are also part of their responsibilities.

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The average salary for a Nursing Home Nurse is $2,088.05 per week.

Last updated on October 2, 2023. Based on active jobs on

Pros & Cons

Becoming a Nursing Home RN offers the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of elderly individuals who require specialized care and support. It provides a stable and fulfilling career with opportunities for professional growth. Nursing Home RNs often build close relationships with residents and their families, contributing to a sense of purpose.

However, challenges may include working with

Nursing Home Nurse Jobs

View job details for Watertown, NYTravel ContractWatertown, NYTravel Nurse RN - Nursing HomeHealthcare Support$2,779/wk
Posted 13 days ago
View job details for King City, CATravel ContractKing City, CATravel Nurse RN - Nursing HomeHealthcare Support$2,648/wkEstimated pay package
View job details for Cleveland, OHTravel ContractCleveland, OHTravel Nurse RN - Nursing HomeHealthcare Support$2,560/wk
View job details for Nome, AKTravel ContractNome, AKTravel Nurse RN - Nursing HomeHealthcare Support$2,538/wk

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