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Name: Ambulatory Care Nurse
Description: Provides for the health needs of individuals, families, and groups in diverse settings. Emphasis on helping patients stay well and independent in their home environment as long as possible
Diagnoses: Varies from holistic health/wellness, perinatal, and pediatric to emergent and urgent problems
Practice roles: Staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse manager, supervisor, director, executive
Characteristics: Varied specialties to choose from, regular hours, less stress than inpatient settings, collegial relationships
Client age group: All ages, depends on targeted population
Drawbacks: Brief patient contacts, medical model versus nursing-based model of practice
Desirable skills: Phlebotomy, IV therapy, ECG, triage and telephone advice, teaching, communication skills, autonomy and independence
Education: RN with AD, diploma, or BSN
Employers: Ambulatory providers such as surgicenters, primary care offices, HMOs, clinics, special procedure and mobile health units, colleges, universities, home health agencies, day care centers, homeless shelters, the military, retirement communities
Certification:
American Nurses Credentialing Center
600 Maryland Ave., SW, #100
Washington, DC 20024-2571
800-284-CERT
Associations:
American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (offers certification)
East Holly Ave., Box 56
Pitman, NJ 08071-0056
800-amb-nurs or 856-256-2350
Publications:
Viewpoint Newsletter
800-amb-nurs or 856-256-2350