Clinic or Office nurses perform a variety of patient care responsibilities. They typically prepare patients for examinations, including basic diagnostic interviewing. Clinic nurses also typically administer medications and vaccines, dress wounds or incisions and even assist with minor surgery/procedures. In addition, they offer advice on prescription medications and home health care to both patients and family after an exam or minor procedure.
In some practices and clinics, nurses are also expected to take blood and tissue samples and assist with or even perform routine, automated lab tests. Office nurses frequently deliver the results of in-office tests to patients, and sometimes discuss the results with patients. Office nurses typically also have some administrative and record-keeping duties relating to patient vital statistics and screening results.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Provides complete patient assessment, including vital signs and pre-examination procedures. Gathers and assesses objective and subjective data from the patient.
- Documents data and assessments in the patient record. May use a computer system and information technology to ensure standard documentation, coding, and completion.
- Assists the providers in all aspects of the consultation, treatment, procedures, and follow-up care.
- Executing medical regimens and nursing interventions as appropriate for the setting and patient competency.
- Patient health counseling and instruction, including meeting with families and caregivers.
- Medication reconciliation, management, patient compliance, inventory, education.
- Operating medical equipment.
- Maintaining medical supplies, inventory, and disposal.
- Ensures regulatory compliance with OSHA guidelines, CLIA regulations, and HIPAA guidelines
- The position may include triage of calls for urgent appointments, referrals for patient consults and testing, insurance pre-certification, and documentation.
- May use general office skills including keyboarding, office computer software, filing, answering telephones, email, faxing, copying.
- Excellent customer service skills are needed for interacting with patients, families, and caregivers.
- 1 year of recent RN experience in an outpatient clinic/physician's office (excluding clinical rotations)
- Current BLS
- Current TB Screen
- Active/Unencumbered State Nursing license
- Valid Photo Identification/Driver's License
- Successful completion of a Background Check and Medely's screening process