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Registered General Nurse (RGN) Job Description

Registered General Nurses (RGNs) offer excellent care to lots of patients, ranging from the seriously ill to those requiring basic care. If you’re looking for a new role, there are lots of Registered General Nurse jobs with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Medacs has lots of temporary positions, putting you in complete control of when, where and how much you work.

What is an RGN?

As a Registered General Nurse, you’ll work as part of a team of clinicians to deliver excellent care to a wide range of patients. Registered General Nurses can work in a number of different settings, including hospitals, GP practices, residential care homes, prisons, community care centres and schools. You can also work towards developing a specialism in a particular area of medicine, or a particular care setting, such as critical care.

Depending on the setting you choose to work in, you may have responsibilities like:

  • Taking and recording patient observations (e.g. blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen saturation)
  • Taking blood and other samples, such as urine, sputum or stools
  • Carrying out tests such as ECGs
  • Fitting cannulas and administering fluids and medication intravenously
  • Monitoring and caring for patients who may be seriously ill
  • Supporting patients post-surgery
  • Writing care plans and making referrals
  • Communicating with patients’ families and next of kin
  • Helping with ward admissions and discharges

You’ll work with lots of different staff, including:

  • Doctors
  • Consultants
  • Non-clinical staff, such as administrators and support workers
  • Care workers

What qualifications and experience do Registered General Nurses need?

To work as a Registered General Nurse through Medacs, you’ll need to:

  • Have completed a nursing degree or equivalent apprenticeship
  • Be a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Have at least 12 months of post-qualification experience
  • Pass an enhanced background check

You’ll also need a number of key skills and attributes, such as:

  • Quick-thinking and ability to multitask
  • Ability to stay calm in stressful situations
  • Empathy and excellent listening skills
  • Strong communication
  • Ability to work alone and as part of a wider care team
  • A patient and methodical approach to tasks
  • Basic computer competency

Your next steps

No matter whether you’re looking for temporary or occasional Registered General Nurse shifts across Greater Glasgow and Clyde, registering with Medacs puts you in a prime position. You’ll get a first look at agency-allocated shifts and lots of other benefits, including your own dedicated support consultant and next-day payroll.

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