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Ambulatory Care Nurse

RN Diploma, ASN or BSN

Ambulatory Care Nurses take care of patients in environments outside of hospitals. Their primary focus lies in pain management and general health education for patients with chronic injuries or illness. They provide the medical screenings, triage, and case management that help restore a patient’s ability to live independently.

Things You'll Do:

  • Provide pain management
  • Focus on patient’s general health
  • Create treatment plans

Your job characteristics:

  • Multifaceted
  • Patient-facing
  • Independent

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Nursing Diploma, Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
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  • Work for two years as a Registered Nurse with 2,000 hours of clinical practice in ambulatory care, and 30 hours of continued education.
    More about becoming an RN ›
  • Pass Your
    Ambulatory Care Nurse certification exam
  • Become a
    Ambulatory Care Nurse (ACN)

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Community Clinics
    • Schools
    • Home care

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    Can Expect

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