I am a new nurse who will be beginning @ a community clinic in 2 weeks. I am not intimidated (as I've heard a lot about going to a hospital first, etc.), and I have a great deal of health care experience, just not as an RN.
The clinic is relatively new and in the process of establishing itself. One of the things I know I will be responsible for is office triage. I was thinking that there needs to be standardized protocols implemented (i.e. if pt comes in with UTI sx, there should be a written protocol that can be followed to stream line the visit..i.e...do a urine dip, culture, and a standard Rx like bactrim).
for those experienced office nurses, do you have anything like that where you work?
Does anyone know where I might be able to find some type of standardized tx protocols for simple office visit complaints (UTI, common cold, etc.)?
This seems like it would be a very daunting task to attempt to do from scratch and if anyone could point me in any sort of direction I would be soooo thankful.