I have worked as an LPN in a family practice physician's office for two years. There are three family practice Drs and six nurses. In the clinic I am affiliated with MA's, CMA's, LPN's and RN's are all paid the same wage and have the same duties.
I am responsible for taking the patient to the exam room, vitals, history, and a brief "assessment". If I am working with one of the male physicians I go into the exam room when he does the breast exam and pap/pelvic exam. I administer vaccinations, therapeutic and prophylactic injections (allergy shots, B12, neupogen, neulasta.....).
I regularly perform phlebotomy, ECG's, peak flows, nebulizer treatments, set up sterile fields, assist in office surgeries - colposcopies, vasectomies, lesion removals, flex sigs, etc.
In between the "patient" work, I code for procedures, notify patients of labwork, test results, etc. I also answer patient calls for triage, prescription refills, complaints, etc. Then there is the phone calls for prior authorizations for testing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and medications to handle. I can sit on hold to medicare for an hour before getting a person; private insurances are a little speedier.
I call prescription orders to the pharmacies and of course lots of charting!
I also have 5 other nurses in a small work area. We are all female....need I say more?
There is also the physician's themselves - you see them at their best and at their worst....
Hopefully this will give you an overall idea of the duties of the office nurse.