I will chime in with Darla80...there are many pros to working in a Dr's office vs. hospital. The hours are more dependable, typically Mon-Fri, 8-5, with no shift work and the flexibility to work around your family. The pace is hectic, esp in growing clinics, but like Darla80 said, the chance to fully interact with patients is a huge plus on my scale. You establish a rapport with young and old, patient and family. It is very personable and patients even bring fresh baked pies or home crafts to express their gratitude. You just don't interact with them in a one time illness/injury like in a hospital...you see them often (some more that you like but that puts variety in the day)
I am the office nurse for an Orthopedic Surgeon. I care for patients ranging from 2yr old humerus fx, 93 yr old bi-malleolar fx, 48 yr THA, etc. I also scrub and assist my Dr in surgeries. When a new patient comes in with hip DJD and in need of a surgery, I am able to follow him/her through the initial visit, planning of surgery, pre-op instructions, peri and post op cares and for their PT/education and FU's from there on out. It is very rewarding to see a 48 yr old male on the verge of complete disability, transform to his former self-sufficient, working, happy life.
Also being apart of the clinic has allowed me experience in other fields. We have OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Urology, and traveling dr's of other specialties that come to the clinic throughout the month. I have worked in almost all of these, and at one time was the only full-time Ortho nurse, Urology nurse and Triage nurse combined. Wow what experience and skills I gained! I am the "new grad" there, (I have been there 2 years), and now I am teaching nurses, that have been there for years with 20+ years experience.
Working in such proximity with a variety of physicians and talented specialized nurses gives you educational opprotunities daily. The relationship between Dr. and his nurse is rewarding. You are able to work side by side, gain education and friendship. The title of Dr. So-n-So's Nurse gives me pride and I have a lot of say as to how his practice runs.
As I said, I also assist him in surgeries. Working at local hospitals and surgery centers. I prefer the surgery centers over the hosptials. There is a less corporate air and more personable. But love the OR setting and opportunities to be apart of that side of health care. I have the best of both worlds. I wanted to go into Med/Surg but love the routine of office nursing.
~wage...you do make less than hospital wages but as Darla80 stated, the lack of shift work and flexiblity balance.
~paperwork, paperwork, paperwork...
~insurance companies, Medicare and the like are very frustrating to deal with and make the job of caring for patients challenging.
When I was in Nursing School, I was given the impression that clinic nursing was easy and not challenging. That nurses lost their skills and basically the end of a career of hospital work. HA. Just the opposite.
I wish you luck in your journey. Over time your preference toward a particular field will lead you to decide on the best place (hospital/clinic) for you to work in. Each type of nursing appeals to different people. It is limitless.