I have a pending Medical Assistant Diploma I have to obtain from a former school I attended. After attending school and finishing my program I realized I like the medical field, helping others and dealing with paperwork however I don't want direct contact with a patient such as withdrawing blood or taking vitals. I was told I can attend LPN or RN classes and my previous credit will be taken in consideration so my question is...

Is there an RN or LPN that DOES NOT have physical contact with patients? A nurse that ONLY handles paperwork?

Any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated.


Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

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Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma. Has 43 years experience.

NO...you will have to have contact with patients.

Specializes in Gerontology RN-BC and FNP MSN student. Has 23 years experience.

I have heard of paper work jobs....

However they require years of patient contact before getting them, not to mention clinicals you will have to deal with people and their fluids.


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Has 1 years experience.

You're going to have to come in contact with patients during nursing school. There are some RN jobs, like working for a health insurance company, where you would only be dealing with patients over the phone and paperwork. However these positions typically require at the very least 1 year of clinical nursing experience after school, usually 2 or more. Other options would be a case manager, legal consultant, liason... but these usually require several years of clinical experience.

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

May I suggest moving into Health Information Management (HIM). These folks manage all of the clinical documentation - no patient contact at all. There are various levels of educational preparation.

nurseprnRN, BSN, RN

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Nursing is primarily a clinical specialty, even though, as Clovery correctly notes, there are nursing jobs that do not require direct hands-on patient care. These would require considerable prior bedside experience, because people who hire for those jobs want somebody who knows about, well, nursing and patient care. D'oh.

Every nursing school has to require a certain number of clinical training hours to its students to be accredited by its state board of nursing (and other entities). if you go to an unaccredited school, you won't be able to sit for the licensure exam, and so you will not be an LPN or RN.

Why do people think it's easy to be a nurse? Honestly.


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Thank you.. Actually I have been working in the HIM filed since 2001.. It's a shame I realized this is where I really wanna be. I could have gotten an AS or a BA in HIM a very long time ago but I suppose it's never too late.


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Thanks for the info