Is anyone else sick of hearing that nurses who don't work in hospitals are not real nurses? If I hear one more person say "all you do is take blood pressures all day" I'm going to scream! I understand how hard it is to work in a hospital- did it for a few years and did not enjoy it. What I do enjoy is preventive care- trying to keep my patients well and out of the hospital as much as possible. Different ends of the spectrum, I agree, but it doesn't make me any less of a nurse!
A good office nurse makes sure that the abnormal PaP results get immediate attention, that the routine medical management of chronic diseases is scheduled, and that the person visiting feels like they are at their "medical home". The good office nurse keeps track of mammograms and venograms and immunizations. They make phone calls to check up on fragile patients. They send people to the hospital, to the LTC, to the grocery store. They teach on every subject under the sun. They guide and mentor the other office staff in matters of HIPPA, health, and a wide varieties of "how to's". They know their patients, sometimes having years of history with them. Office nurses see their patients at their best and at their worst. They comfort the moms of teens and the teens of the moms. The office nurse can know that "little Barbie" is sexually active long before mom does and can help to keep little Barbie safe while keeping that secret in church and elsewhere. Office nurses can poke and prod you and find places to put medication that small children and grown men do not want to take. They can take your temperature, take your history or take out your PICC line. If you have a headache they will comfort you. If you have a hemorrhoid they will have you bent over with your pants down so fast your head will spin. Office nurse love gloves and lubricant and sharp things...
Office nurses are real nurses in every way.
Last edit by tewdles on Dec 13, '09