A rheumatology nurse provides treatment to patients who are suffering from diseases and conditions affecting the muscles, joints and bones. Common rheumatic diseases and conditions treated by a rheumatology nurse include arthritis, myositis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and spondylitis. The rheumatology nurse is responsible for providing pain management, performing blood tests, analyzing test results, measuring results of medications, administering medicine and communicating between doctor and patient. In many cases a rheumatology nurse will work within a team of health care providers including a physician, various nursing specialists and staff nurses. Rheumatology nurses must be able to identify the signs of rheumatic disease, create treatment plans to address the symptoms and implement the plan by providing the patient with the necessary care. Employment opportunities for a rheumatology nurse can be found in private clinics, private doctors offices, specialized rheumatology clinics, large hospitals and drug surveillance clinics.

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