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November 2006


This article was peer-reviewed. It was published in Nursing Economic$, 24(6):315-322, November-December 2006. (Journal homepage: Copyright is retained by Anthony J. Janetti, Inc.


During 2003, an estimated 906 million visits were made to physician offices in the United States (Hing, Cherry, & Woodwell, 2005).

Overall, 42% of visits to outpatient settings were attended by a registered nurse (Middleton & Hing, 2005).

Despite ambulatory care being the fastest growing site for care, it is the least studied.

The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the role of the RN in ambulatory care and describe the direct and indirect economic value of RNs in ambulatory care settings.

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