Responsibilities of a Nurse in a Doctor's Office

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Nurses who work in doctor's offices have many responsibilities, depending on their qualifications. LPNs and RNs, as well as Vocational Nurses, provide doctors and patients with pertinent information during each appointment. Nurses working in doctor's offices are responsible for tasks ranging from making appointments to testing blood work.

Patient Vital Signs

  • Most nurses working in a doctor's office take patients' vital signs. A nurse measures patients' height and weight, and takes their temperature and blood pressure. A nurse also takes a pulse reading to measure patients' heart rate. Some nurses are responsible for measuring patient respiration, in which case they count the number of breaths a patient takes in 15 seconds.

Collecting Patient Information

  • A nurse collects general patient information before a doctor enters the room. She finds out patient medical history, allergies, current medications and dates of last menstrual period in women. A nurse asks the patient the reason for his visit and records symptoms and other pertinent information. Most nurses leave patient information on the outside of the patient's door, for the doctor to view before he visits the patient.

Patient Testing

  • Nurses are primarily responsible for patient testing, blood work and injections. Examples of such responsibilities include administering TB tests and monitoring, taking Strep throat cultures, collecting blood samples, collecting urine samples and giving immunizations. Many nurses either evaluate tests in the office or send the tests to another lab for further analysis.

Doctor's Assistant/Secretary

  • Many nurses act as private secretaries for doctors and assist doctors in certain patient procedures. They schedule patient appointments, answer phones, make phone calls and type patient notes. Doctor's office nurses are present during certain patient procedures, such as physical exams. Many nurses are responsible for making certain all equipment in the office is running properly. Doctor's office nurses also report test results to patients either by telephone or in a letter.

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