Professional ambulatory care nursing is a complex, multifaceted specialty that encompasses independent and collaborative practice.
The American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) understands that professional ambulatory care nursing is a unique domain of specialty nursing practice that focuses on health care for individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations. Ambulatory care nurses practice in settings distinctive from other nurses. They practice in primary and specialty care outpatient venues, non-acute surgical and diagnostic outpatient settings in the community, and during telehealth encounters that occur across distances in the virtual environment.
Here are the health care professionals that belong to AAACN:
Ambulatory care nurses (including RNs, LPNs, LVNs), administrators, clinicians, directors, managers, nurse practitioners, and clinical nurse specialists
Care coordination and/or transition management nurses
Community health nurses, educators
Hospital-based clinic nurses
Hospital nurses transitioning to ambulatory care
Occupational health nurses
Non-nurse ambulatory care managers, administrators, and other professionals
Nurses who work in: Veterans Administration outpatient settings, Corrections, Diagnostic Centers, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Call Centers or Telehealth, Emergency Departments, Urgent Care Centers, Behavioral Health, and Pharmaceutical Sales
Physician group practice and office nurses
Public health and public sector nurses