Ambulatory Care Nurse


Explore More Nursing Specialties

BASIC DESCRIPTION

An ambulatory care nurse works as part of a multidisciplinary health care team to provide primary care to a specific population. Depending on the role the nurse plays within the ambulatory center, the work activities will differ. A triage nurse may primarily work in a walk-in area or on the telephone assessing the patients and making determinations on the priority with which they must be seen or referred. Working with a multidisciplinary team entails gathering a medical history and information about the chief complaint and checking vital signs. Once the practitioner has seen the patient, the nurse will perform follow-up treatment such as drawing labs and teaching the patient regarding the condition and discharge instructions.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Registered nurse preparation is required; certification is available from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

CORE COMPETENCIES/SKILLS NEEDED

■ Knowledge of illnesses and symptoms including diagnosis and management
■ Experience with triage
■ Strong assessment and organizational skills
■ Communication skills
■ Ability to collaborate and function as a member of a multidisciplinary team
■ Ability to function in a fast-paced environment
■ Interest in working with a diverse population

RELATED WEB SITEs AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

■ American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (www.aaacn.org/)
■ American Nurses Credentialing Center (www.nursecredenting.org)

Get the 2018 Nurse Salary Report

See how nursing salaries compare across the United States by career paths, specialties, ethnicity, and more.

DOWNLOAD NOW

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Share This