A nurse clinician can work in a hospital or clinic. The nurse clinician starts caring for the patient prior to an appointment by preparing charts. After the appointment, the nurse clinician will review the charts to update any care or medications that were administered, as well as problems that occurred.
In smaller practices, the nurse clinician may also have more administrative duties, such as answering the phone, coordinating insurance matters, and scheduling patient appointments. The hours of this job may vary and sometimes can be long. Some hours may have to be worked in the evenings or on weekends. A patient may be assessed by a nurse clinician prior to seeing any other medical staff. This includes taking the patient’s history and administering certain examinations. When abnormalities are detected, the nurse clinician must report this to the physician in charge. It may also be necessary to be present during various procedures, in order to monitor the patient. The nurse clinician may also administer medicine and IVs as instructed. The clinician may also help to come up with a treatment plan for the patient.
The nurse clinician should have strong communication skills, in order to work with patients and other medical staff. Patient abilities and conditions will vary, so it is important to be able to work with a large array of people. It is important to be able to explain procedures to patients and to make them feel at ease. Usually, a minimum of an associate’s degree in nursing is required, along with licensing as a nurse. A bachelor’s of science in nursing is generally preferred.
Nurse Clinician Tasks
Assemble accurate data and summarize phone calls and other patient interactions
Act as a liaison between patients and doctors to ensure that all essential medical communications are clear and accurately conveyed.
Answer patient questions and suggest patient resources and information.