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I just came across a PT job with Concentra working as a PRN occupational health nurse at different companies doing drug screens, giving flu shots, etc. I'm an LPN---any idea what the pay is like and how they are to work for??
No..I haven't done anything since posting this. You were my only reply. Please post your details or send me an email after your email on Wednesday. Would love to work PRN in OCC Health if the ppay is right.
Well I can tell you a little about concentra... and occupational nurse work, since I used to be an occupational nurse. Concentra is a cash clinic, they keep costs low and charge what it costs to run a test and a little overhead. Many of their clinics have a doctor on site, and many are located in an industrial complex with contracts with the local industries. For example when I went to get a ppd last year they charged me $12.00 to get it, get it read and to fill out my paper work. I would imagine they charge very little for visits with the doctor as well (say $35.00). Oc health is a different sort of nursing experience. It's kind of a clinic/non urgent type work. You must work around OSHA's codes and what not. For example... any "medical treatment" is considered a big DING against the company's insurance. Too many dings and they are shut down/higher insurance rates/can't bid on jobs/and other bad things. Medical tests aren't considered medical treatment. A prescription is. So an Oc health doctor is very leary of prescribing anything. They can tell the patient to take 600mg of ibuprofen but if they write a script for 800mg then it is a ding against the company. Companies would rather put a person on clerical duty for a month or two and count screws then show that they had an injury resulting in "time lost". This does not mean the Dr. won't prescribe something if the person NEEDS it but they don't hand them out like candy. When I worked as an Oc health nurse... We were the only ones available for the workers... no doc on site. So if a worker slipped and sliced his leg open (which if he went to the ER would most likely get stitches) you would ask the worker if he would like to either have us doctor it and do drsg changes twice a day... keep it clean, dry, monitor it, have a decent scar, and get back to work.... Or go to the ER for stitches and have a smaller scar... Most would opt for us to take care of the slice. They would be able to get back to work, they look like a productive employee, the company doesn't look like they had an injury... however it was documented so if something were to happen with the cut then it would at that time become a job related injury, and the employee, company, and our butts were covered. You will most likely do alot of clerical work, and urine tests, and possibly blood tests. It's a different experience to be sure! I kind of liked it