I worked with one other nurse who was also fulltime. We did the puncture testing, but our doc did the intradermal portion of the testing. We also mixed vials, gave shots, did PFT's, gave albuterol, Xopenex treatments, and the very occasional epi shot or DepoMedrol IM. We did give injections when our doc was not in the office. However, we were in a building with other doctors offices, so there was always a doc nearby. Also, the ER was a short walk away, connected by a covered walkway. We instructed the pts to wait 20 minutes after injections, but some people just chose to leave.
I left that office fulltime after my kids were born, and had several years at home with them. At the end of last year, they were in a desperate situation. Both of their regular nurses were very sick and the doc asked the office manager if I had perhaps still kept my nursing license current?
I had kept it current, so I spent a few months back there doing PRN and enjoying it a lot. After a few days getting a little re-training, I was pretty comfortable. Not much had changed, except for a stubborn new PFT computer, and a new medication called Xolair.
But now that doc has retired, and the new doc doesn't need me. That is probably the only place I am comfortable working since I have not worked in a hospital since 1994. That job was on a Peds/Pulmonary floor, so I had a lot of asthma kid experience. That was back when they used to give Theophylline drips. Do they even use that anymore? I am probably really making myself look old. :wink2: