26 Jan 2015

Professional Titles: RN

Professional Titles: RN

Author: Zach Gouldsmith  /  Categories: Meanings of Professional Titles   /  Rate this article:

AAPC authors are qualified professionals in various disciplines, certified in their respective fields.

But what do these certifications mean?

The term “RN” as part of somebody’s professional title means that he or she is a registered nurse. Registered nurses provide care and help patients cope with illness (Explore Health, 2015). As such, they perform a wide-ranging scope of practices individually or among a group of healthcare professionals. In addition to direct patient care, RNs conduct clinical research, establish nursing practice standards, train future nurses, and direct care systems.

Being able to interact effectively with people is a necessity for registered nurses because they are often called upon to collaborate with doctors and other health care staff, as well as treat patients. They also instruct patients and their families on proper methods for maintaining their health.

According to Explore Health, many registered nurses select to focus on a specialty, for instance, there are dermatology nurses, cardiovascular nurses, oncology nurses, orthopedic nurses, etc. RNs can also specialize by groups (like newborn babies) or by environment (hospice or emergency room).

In order to become a registered nurse, one must have a broad knowledge of anatomy, pharmacology, and public health. With an associate’s degree or diploma program, an individual can attain an entry-level RN position; however, the standard is a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing degree. All nursing programs include some kind of hands-on, clinical period. During this time, students are exposed to real patients and provide care under the direction of certified professionals. In addition to graduating from an accredited program, completing the national licensing examination known as the National Council Licensure Examination is obligatory. Candidates may have to meet other requirements that vary from state to state (Bratcher).

AAPC author Caren Haines has gained this status. Caren is the author of Silently Seizing: Common, Unrecognized and Frequently Missed Seizures and Their Potentially Damaging Impact on Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders; An Essential Guide for Parents. Beginning with the family’s journey, the book goes on to examine a disorder that cannot always be identified in a clinical setting. Intersecting at two medical subspecialties, neurology and psychiatry, the child who has autism and partial seizures is at a serious disadvantage. Backed by up-to-the-minute research and contributions from Nancy Minshew, MD, this must-read book includes sections on what autism is, the seizure-autism connection, tips for diagnosing and treating seizures, as well as how to better understand children’s behavior.

As a registered nurse, Caren relied upon her nurse's training to assist her in deciphering the origins of many of her son’s perplexing behaviors. Based on knowledge gained from years of intensive research she compiled for this book as well as information provided by top researchers in the field of autism, Caren is helping families become free from the debilitating symptoms of silent seizures and psychosis.


Bratcher, E. (n.d.). Registered nurse. U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved from http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/registered-nurse

Explore Health. (2015, January 22). American Dental Education Association. Retrieved from http://explorehealthcareers.org/en/Career/21/Registered_Nurse_RN


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