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Name: Primary Care/Office Nurse
Description: Facilitates the delivery of primary care to patients and manages the daily operation of the practice office
Diagnoses: Widely varied problems, depending on practice specialty
Practice roles: Staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, manager
Characteristics: Fairly regular hours of work, patient contact, variety
Client age group: All ages; depends on practice specialty (e.g., general, family, pediatrics, OB/GYN)
Drawbacks: Stress, difficult to keep up with wide range of clinical skills, can be isolating
Desirable skills: Direct-care skills, office management, patient education, interoffice communication
Education: RN with AD, diploma, or BSN
Employers: Physician and advanced practice nurse (APN) practices, ambulatory care clinics, HMOs, outpatient-care centers, health departments
Certification:
American Nurses Credentialing Center
600 Maryland Ave., SW, #100
Washington, DC 20024-2571
800-284-CERT
Associations:
American Association of Office Nurses
109 Kinderkamack Rd.
Montavale, NJ 07645
800-457-7504
Publications:
Office Nurse Journal
 
Nurses Exchange Office News
800-432-4570