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Role of the Registered Nurse in Ambulatory Care

Position Statement from the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing
Endorsed by ANA (2012)

It is the position of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing that:

  • RNs enhance patient safety and the quality and effectiveness of care delivery and are thus essential and irreplaceable in the provision of patient care services in the ambulatory setting.
  • RNs are responsible for the design, administration, and evaluation of professional nursing services within an organization in accordance with the framework established by state nurse practice acts, nursing scope of practice, and organizational standards of care.
  • RNs provide the leadership necessary for collaboration and coordination of services, which includes defining the appropriate skill mix and delegation of tasks among licensed and unlicensed health care workers.
  • RNs are fully accountable in all ambulatory care settings for all nursing services and associated patient outcomes provided under their direction.

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