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March 2007


This article was peer-reviewed. It was published in Nursing Economic$, 25(2):130-134, March/April 2007. (Journal homepage: Copyright is retained by Anthony J. Janetti, Inc.


Trends in health care financing and changes in care delivery from the hospital to outpatient settings have caused an unprecedented demand for registered nurses in ambulatory care.

Nurses transition to ambulatory care expecting to use the same knowledge base and skill set used in their acute care practice.

While some knowledge and skills may be transferable, competencies (and additional knowledge and skills) needed by acute care nurses and ambulatory care nurses are not the same.

The purpose of this article to is describe and dispel myths associated with ambulatory care nursing practice and discuss the knowledge, skills, and competencies that nurses must possess in order to practice safely and effectively in this specialty.

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