As an urgent care RN, your responsibilities involve providing nursing services in an urgent care clinic, meeting patients and assessing their needs. In an urgent care setting, you may perform triage to determine if the patient is dealing with an urgent health emergency or if the doctor can provide treatment in the clinic. You may work in an urgent care clinic in a hospital or a walk-in clinic. Some nurses work regular hours in a clinic or doctor’s office and sometimes work “urgent care shifts” after the regular clinic closes.
How to Become an Urgent Care RN
The qualifications and skills you need to work as an urgent care RN are similar to those required for other nursing positions. A registered nurse needs patient care and communication skills. An RN has an associate degree or bachelor’s degree in nursing. Also, you must obtain a nursing license in the state in which you work. Urgent care nurses may need to work outside of regular business hours. In some cases, employers may expect you to have experience in emergency medicine or triage.