Quote from sl1011
i worked at a doctors office, and i was vey bored as a new grad. so i left after 5 months and accepted a job at the hospital (orienting now). i may go back to that years later, but it wasn't for me. i felt like anyone could do my job and i wasn't learning anything. anyway, our doc office has it's own lab, so i never drew labs. it depends on where you work. have you applied to any?
my story is that exactly!
i went to work in a pediatric neurology office thinking i could use my rn and psych degrees together in a great scenario. i lasted 5 months. i was bored and could feel my clinical skills slipping away everyday. i took the job because the market was saturated and it was available, but i would never do it again. just not for me. i wasnt even a glorified medical assistant, i was just a (slightly) better paid medical assistant.
the hours were good, m-f 10-7, but i would end up staying until 9 or 10 pm to help the doctor with personal things like making flights and preparing things for business trips. i was used as a personal assistant while the medical assistants in the office (who trained me...) would refer to themselves as nurses. drove me crazy!
there was one other nurse in the office. she was an older woman who was helping in the office with phone calls and administrative things the docs couldn’t get to. she would ask me almost everyday why i wasn’t in the hospital and refer to the office as somewhere old nurses go to wait until retirement. she was right. i had just worked too hard to get 3 college degrees and be a medical assistant in a lab coat.
that was just me. if you like the slow pace, it may be for you. you may get in a better office with better docs that don’t take advantage, but my advice is to really consider both sides of it. there is a small chance that with safe practice you will be stuck with a needle, there is a large chance that in a doctor's office you could lose skills and hurt your chance of returning to a hospital in the future.
there was a fun part though. the drug reps always brought in great lunches when they wanted to talk to the docs about their products!!
good luck to you.
to avoid the flames- i do not look down on those rns that work in doctors’ offices, or medical assistants for that matter. i’m just stating i got a raw deal and it wasn’t for me. i know there are better offices out there and rns that handle more clinical situations. that wasn’t my experience.