Quote from austin heart
Not true, the last office nurse position I took a $4.50 increase in pay from my ICU position. It all depends on what you are going to be doing, how much responsibility you will have and what experiance you have. I was an office RN that assisted 1 doctor in a 4 doctor group. I did his clinic, telephone triage and assisted with his hospital rounds.
Depends on the city. In southern CA, which the OP was asking about, there is a significant difference between the two. Hopsitals in LA are in the 30s per hour. No doctor's office for routine RN work.
Most office nurses do not make hospital rounds with the physician either.
The OP is also talking of being a new grad, which means no experience.
Last edit by suzanne4 on Jun 26, '05
Quote from NursePamela
I just want to comment on justmanda's statement about being HARD to kill someone. NOT. It is very easy to kill someone. If you accidentally leave "regular" IV fluids open and bolus someone. That fluid could send someone into CHF and which could have a domino effect on their body. People in the hospitals these days are more sick than ever. It is very easy for someone not to be able to handle a not needed bolus. If not caught in time they could die! NEVER think it is hard to killl someone - that is when you let your gaurd down and you will kill someone.
People in the hospital today are just as sick as they were 50 years ago. And, you won't accidentally bolus your patient with fluid if you use a pump which many hospitals REQUIRE you to do. And, like I said in my post, don't ignore your patient. In no way was I implying that one should be lax in their duties or LET THEIR GUARD DOWN. But, if you go into work every day worrying you are going to kill someone, as many new nurses do, you will be terribly stressed -- unnecessarily. So, back to my earlier statement...if you can follow doctor's orders and manage your time...you can work in the hospital.
Last edit by Nurse Ratched on Jun 27, '05