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What Does a Rheumatology Nurse Do?

A Rheumatology Nurse specializes in the care of patients with rheumatic diseases — a diverse group of diseases that affect the joints, muscles, and bones, causing pain, swelling, stiffness, and deformity. Common conditions managed by these nurses include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout, and osteoarthritis.

Rheumatology Nurses assist with the assessment of patient symptoms, administer medications including immunosuppressants and biologics, monitor side effects, provide education on disease management, and support patients in managing chronic pain and mobility issues. They also collaborate with rheumatologists to develop and implement comprehensive care plans tailored to individual patient needs.

These nurses work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, and private practices. Their role is crucial in helping patients understand their conditions, adhere to treatment plans, and maintain the highest possible quality of life despite chronic rheumatic conditions.

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