An office nurse provides health services to patients within a private practice setting. The nurse will usually carry out the initial questionnaire, along with taking vital signs. Especially when dealing with children, the office nurse may also take height and weight measurements.
The office nurse will work under a doctor’s direction, so it is important to be able to collaborate. The nurse will perform certain procedures, such as inserting IVs and carrying out various tests. The nurse may provide suggestions to the doctor. This job can be physically strenuous, so it is important to be able to bend and stoop, to lift heavy items, and to stand and walk for long periods of time. In some practices, the office nurse will take phone calls from patients and triage them according to need. The office nurse may also have front office duties, such as greeting customers and scheduling appointments. The office nurse may have to organize patient records and enter them into a database. The nurse will monitor diagnostic test results. When follow-ups need to be done with the patient, the office nurse may make these calls.
The office nurse should be a registered nurse and should have completed an associate’s or a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
Office Nurse Tasks
Perform routine patient procedures such as obtaining throat cultures, preparing for and/or providing vaccines, injections, etc.
Obtain specimens for testing, conduct select routine laboratory tests and record results.
Contact appropriate personnel to order routine supplies, obtain patient medical records and order tests.
Assist physician in conducting patient examinations and providing routine treatments. .
Act as resource for LPN's and other clinical staff on more complex patient issues and assist them on more complicated patient procedures.