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Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing

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Nursing Careers: Defined

  • Ambulatory Nursing

The best definition comes from the AAACN (American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing): “Professional ambulatory care nursing is a complex, multifaceted specialty that encompasses independent and collaborative practice. The comprehensive practice of ambulatory care nursing is built on a broad knowledge base of nursing and health sciences, and applies clinical expertise rooted in the nursing process. Nurses use evidence based information across a variety of outpatient health care settings to achieve and ensure patient safety and quality of care while improving patient outcomes. Ambulatory care includes those clinical, organizational and professional activities engaged in by registered nurses with and for individuals, groups, and populations who seek assistance with improving health and/or seek care for health-related problems. Registered nurses promote optimal wellness, participate in the management of acute illness, assist the patient to manage the effects of chronic disease and disability, and provide support in end-of-life care. The ambulatory care registered nurse is accountable for the provision of nursing care in accordance with relevant federal requirements, state laws and nurse practice acts, regulatory standards, the standards of professional ambulatory care nursing practice, other relevant professional standards, and organizational policies.”



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