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Working As An Office Nurse

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $74,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Office Nurse Do

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) provide basic medical care. They work under the direction of registered nurses and doctors.

Duties

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses typically do the following:

  • Monitor patients’ health—for example, by checking their blood pressure
  • Administer basic patient care, including changing bandages and inserting catheters
  • Provide for the basic comfort of patients, such as helping them bathe or dress
  • Discuss the care they are providing with patients and listen to their concerns
  • Report patients’ status and concerns to registered nurses and doctors
  • Keep records on patients’ health

Duties of LPNs and LVNs vary, depending on their work setting and the state in which they work. For example, they may reinforce teaching done by registered nurses regarding how family members should care for a relative; help to deliver, care for, and feed infants; collect samples for testing and do routine laboratory tests; or feed patients who need help eating.

LPNs and LVNs may be limited to doing certain tasks, depending on the state where they work. For example, in some states, LPNs with proper training can give medication or start intravenous (IV) drips, but in other states LPNs cannot perform these tasks. State regulations also govern the extent to which LPNs and LVNs must be directly supervised. For example, an LPN may provide certain forms of care only with instructions from a registered nurse.

In some states, experienced licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses oversee and direct other LPNs or LVNs and unlicensed medical staff.

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How To Become An Office Nurse

Becoming a licensed practical or licensed vocational nurse (LPN or LVN) requires completing an approved educational program. LPNs and LVNs also must have a license.

Education

LPNs and LVNs must complete an approved educational program. These programs award a certificate or diploma and typically take about 1 year to complete, but may take longer. They are commonly found in technical schools and community colleges, although some programs may be available in high schools or hospitals.

Practical nursing programs combine classroom learning in subjects such as nursing, biology, and pharmacology. All programs also include supervised clinical experience.

Contact state boards of nursing for lists of approved programs.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

After completing a state-approved educational program, prospective LPNs and LVNs can take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN). In all states, they must pass the exam to get a license and work as an LPN or LVN. For more information on the NCLEX-PN examination and a list of state boards of nursing, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

LPNs and LVNs may choose to become certified through professional associations in areas such as gerontology and IV therapy. Certifications show that an LPN or LVN has an advanced level of knowledge about a specific subject.

In addition, employers may prefer to hire candidates who are trained to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Important Qualities

Compassion. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses must be empathetic and caring toward the people they serve.

Detail oriented. LPNs and LVNs need to be responsible and detail oriented, because they must make sure that patients get the correct care at the right time.

Interpersonal skills. Interacting with patients and other healthcare providers is a big part of their jobs, so LPNs and LVNs need good interpersonal skills.

Patience. Dealing with sick and injured people may be stressful. LPNs and LVNs should be patient, so they can cope with any stress that stems from providing care to these patients.

Physical stamina. LPNs and LVNs should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as bending over patients for a long time.

Speaking skills. It is important that LPNs and LVNs be able to communicate effectively. For example, they may need to relay information about a patient’s current condition to a registered nurse.

Advancement

With experience, licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses may advance to supervisory positions. Some LPNs and LVNs advance to other healthcare occupations. For example, an LPN may complete a LPN to RN education program to become a registered nurse.

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Office Nurse Career Paths

Office Nurse
School Nurse Registered Nurse Case Manager
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
School Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
School Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor Case Manager
Medical Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Case Manager
Director Of Case Management
11 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director
Chief Nursing Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Assistant Director Of Nursing Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
10 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Registered Nurse Manager Nurse Manager
Nursing Services Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Clinical Manager
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Nurse Manager Nursing Director
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Program Manager Program Director
Branch Director
8 Yearsyrs
Nurse Case Manager Assistant Director Of Nursing
Director Of Staff Development
7 Yearsyrs
Nurse Case Manager Clinical Supervisor Clinical Manager
Manager Of Clinical Services
10 Yearsyrs
Nurse Case Manager Clinical Manager
Clinical Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Utilization Review Nurse Patient Care Manager
Medical Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Nurse Coordinator Occupational Health Nurse
Health Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Clinical Coordinator Clinical Social Worker
Health Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Utilization Review Nurse Consultant Nurse Assistant Director Of Nursing
Director Of Clinical Education
11 Yearsyrs
Nurse Coordinator Utilization Review Nurse Patient Care Manager
Hospice Director
12 Yearsyrs
Clinical Coordinator Clinical Social Worker Social Work Case Manager
Geriatric Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Nurse 6.0 years
Scrub Nurse 4.3 years
Ob/Gyn Nurse 4.1 years
Office Nurse 4.0 years
Surgical Nurse 3.4 years
Occupational Nurse 3.3 years
Nurse 3.2 years
Practical Nurse 3.1 years
Veterinary Nurse 3.0 years
Triage Nurse 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Office Nurse
Staff Nurse 33.4%
Nurse 12.8%
Head Nurse 1.7%
Top Careers After Office Nurse
Staff Nurse 21.1%
Nurse 11.8%

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Office Nurse Demographics

Gender

Female

85.4%

Unknown

9.7%

Male

4.8%
Ethnicity

White

66.7%

Black or African American

12.4%

Hispanic or Latino

11.8%

Asian

5.8%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

83.3%

Portuguese

5.6%

French

5.6%

Danish

2.8%

Arabic

2.8%
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Office Nurse Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.7%

Excelsior College

13.4%

Chamberlain College of Nursing

7.5%

Walden University

6.6%

Kaplan University

4.8%

University of Saint Francis

4.5%

Grand Canyon University

4.5%

Indiana Wesleyan University

4.5%

IVY TECH STATE COLLEGE - KOKOMO - Health Sciences

4.2%

A-Technical College

3.9%

Vincennes University

3.6%

Ohio State University

3.6%

Pennsylvania State University

3.6%

Lamar University

3.6%

Ball State University

3.3%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.0%

University of Pennsylvania

3.0%

University of Southern Indiana

3.0%

Joliet Junior College

3.0%

Purdue University

3.0%
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Majors

Nursing

77.8%

Business

2.8%

Health Care Administration

2.5%

Nursing Assistants

2.3%

Education

2.1%

Nursing Science

1.8%

Medical Assisting Services

1.6%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.6%

Family Practice Nursing

0.9%

Psychology

0.9%

General Studies

0.9%

Management

0.7%

Elementary Education

0.7%

Liberal Arts

0.6%

Medical Technician

0.6%

Clinical Psychology

0.6%

Health Sciences And Services

0.5%

Military Applied Sciences

0.4%

Legal Support Services

0.4%

Pharmacy

0.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

24.6%

Associate

24.0%

Other

22.0%

Masters

11.5%

Diploma

7.0%

License

5.6%

Certificate

4.4%

Doctorate

0.7%
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Top Skills for An Office Nurse

  1. Patient Care
  2. In-Office Procedures
  3. Triage
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked closely with solo practice ENT for coordination of care, including direct outpatient care and patient/family education.
  • Prepare patients and assist Physicians during in-office procedures and out-patient surgeries.
  • Provided team support for all providers including triage of patients over the phone and assist with clinical procedures.
  • Collected patient vital signs; monitored fetal heartbeats/rate/monitored fetal monitors for premature labor patients.
  • Supervised CNA's, telephone triage, administer immunizations and EKG's and work closely with the Doctor on duty.

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