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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.
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.|
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 Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.