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Physicians Office Nurse

Overview: Office nurses work in physicians' offices and help them with the examination of visiting patients, administer injections, medications, assist with minor surgery, remove stitches and bandage wounds. They record data about the patient's condition and conduct laboratory tests.
Duties: Perform both patient care and administrative duties for visiting patients. They assist the physician in performing examinations such as blood sampling, blood pressure, pulse measures, EKG, etc.

They assist physicians with in-office surgical procedures such as injections, stitch removal, bandaging and instructing the patient about home care of wounds to avoid infection.

Create written or typed records of each patient's symptoms as described by the physician, treatments and prescriptions and the need for follow-on care.

They communicate with patients by telephone at home or work to monitor their recovery and schedule return visits for check-ups. They advise physician about patient's self-reported condition.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Nursing 
A.A.S./B.S. QCC/Hunter Dual/Joint Nursing 
Job Outlook: Employment of physicians’ office nurses is expected to faster than average through 2018. Physicians’ office nurses also will be needed to oversee the computerization of patient records and to ensure their security as required by law. Physicians’ office nurses with experience in large hospital facilities will enjoy an advantage in the job market.
Starting Salary: Nursing positions in physicians' offices and private services pay slightly more than those in schools and community agency settings.
Salary Range (National Average): $32,000 to $38,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: All states require graduation from an accredited nursing school and passing an examination to become licensed. The educational paths to nursing are a 2-year associate degree, or a 4 or 5 year B.S.N. program in a college or university. A B.S.N. offers greater promotion potential.
Recommended Skills:
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.