Ambulatory Care Nurse

An Ambulatory Care Nurse provides pain management and general health education to patients, in non-emergency situations, outside of a hospital environment.
Required education
ADN or BSN
Attributes
Independent
Work on your own or even start your own practice, in some states.
Out-of-hospital
Treat patients in their homes, during travel, or other non-hospital environments.
Varied
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
Managerial
Lead, guide and support other nurses so they can provide the best care.
Patient-facing
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
You’ll help patients with chronic injuries and illnesses by creating treatment plans that allow them to regain their independence.
What you’ll do
What you’ll do

Education

You’ll teach patients and families how to lead healthy lives.

Evaluation

You’ll assess a patient’s general health and find solutions for optimal wellness.

Management

You’ll handle documentation, make sure regulations and policies are followed, delegate roles and recommend other healthcare services.

Treatment

You’ll help patients manage their pain and create care plans.

Where you’ll work
  • Community clinics
  • Patients’ homes
  • Schools
How to become an Ambulatory Care Nurse

02

Pass the NCLEX-RN .

03

Work as a Registered Nurse, and gain 2,000 hours experience in Ambulatory Care and 30 hours of continuing education.

04

Get your Ambulatory Care Nurse Certification from the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing.

05

You’re ready to work as an Ambulatory Care Nurse.

Join an Organization
Become a member of an Ambulatory Care Nurse organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
A Case Management Nurse’s role is also independent.
A Urology Nurse is another type of community nurse.
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