Ambulatory care nursing

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Ambulatory care nursing is the nursing care of patients who receive treatment on an outpatient basis, ie they do not require admission to a hospital for an overnight stay.[1] The setting can vary widely, from hospital-based clinics to patient homes.[2]

Contact with patients in ambulatory care is often relatively brief, and in the context of a high volume of patients. Nurses in this setting require sound assessment skills and the ability to guide patients in making informed health choices.[3]

Quality ambulatory care nursing has been associated with fewer emergency room visits, hospital visits and readmissions.[4]


  1. ^ "Ambulatory care". The Free Dictionary. Farlex. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "What is Ambulatory Care Nursing?". American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nurses. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Stokowski, Laura A (September 26, 2011). "Ambulatory Care Nursing: Yes, It's a Specialty". Medscape Nurses. WebMD. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Williams, Scott (February 12, 2007). "Nurse Leaders Study Value of Ambulatory Care Nurses". Gannett Healthcare Group. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 

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