ANA points out that because health care is provided in community corrections and institutional settings for adults and juveniles, registered nurses must be prepared to "address a wide spectrum of needs," including women's health, pediatric through geriatric services and end-of-life care. The department's job description for registered nurses illustrates the range of responsibilities they have: This is work in assessing patient health problems and needs, developing and implementing nursing care plans, and maintaining medical records. The August 2007 Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, agreed, "Certification in a specialized area of nursing supports one's knowledge base and reflects competence [and] professional commitment to lifelong learning through required continuing education and recertification and documented experience in a given specialty."
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