The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that opportunities for Registered Nurses will grow by about 26% in the few years and many of the jobs will be in Outpatient Clinics.
The RN in the Outpatient Clinic may plan, oversee and coordinate the every day patient and nursing services, including operational and/or administrative duties. Responsibilities of the RN in the Outpatient Clinic setting may include:
Perform routine patient assessment and treatment
Draw blood, check vitals, monitor vitals if required
Implement and document nursing care
Assist physicians during examinations and/or procedures
Coordinate and/or supervise the care of the patients in the clinic
Educate the patients and their families about services provided
Maintain inventory of medical supplies and equipment
Performs miscellaneous duties assigned
In most cases the patient does not stay overnight in this setting and the RN must make sure that the patient is prepared to continue to recover at home. The Outpatient RN will check symptoms, administer medications and educate the patient and family, including providing written instructions.