Is Phys. Office nursing "Really Nursing"? - page 7

I am going through school with a friend, (we are taking our pre-req's together), and I happened to mention that I was interested in working in a Physicians office. To which she said, " I don't... Read More

  1. Visit  blueberrybon profile page
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    I have a friend who is an LPN in a dermatology office. She LOVES it. She says it's very specialized and feels that her job is extremely rewarding in every way.

    With all the new skin issues/treatments/surgeries becoming not only more popular, but more advanced, she says it's a wonderful field to be in.

    I'm considering the field now, but in a different office.

    But I'm probably sold mostly on the evenings, weekends, and holidays off. Currently I'm working full time in LTC and am on a continually rotating two week schedule which includes working every other weekend. I don't like working weekends, period.

    I'm a tad worried though, because if I switch jobs now, it will be the fourth switch in 1 year. I'm just having trouble finding the right fit for my life and family.

    Any one else with that problem?

    Blue
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  3. Visit  DutchgirlRN profile page
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    Yikes!!! This thread is 4.5 years old. I just noticed another MA vs Nurse thread revitalized after over 8 years. Is there a conspiracy here to drive me out of my mind. Why?? I think we've beat this issue until the preverbal horse is not dead but now lying in ashes!

  4. Visit  blueberrybon profile page
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    Dutchgirl, you're funny.

    But it is easier to reincarnate subjects than read through every single reply.

    Blue
  5. Visit  tnbutterfly profile page
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    Although this thread is 4 1/2 years old, it was not the intention of this being a MA vs Nurse thread. The OP was asking about office nursing....no mention whatsoever about MA's.
  6. Visit  DutchgirlRN profile page
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    Quote from tnbutterfly
    Although this thread is 4 1/2 years old, it was not the intention of this being a MA vs Nurse thread. The OP was asking about office nursing....no mention whatsoever about MA's.
    Sorry, my mistake. Guess I'm getting overly sensitive
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  7. Visit  sharona97 profile page
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    Quote from DutchgirlRN
    Yikes!!! This thread is 4.5 years old. I just noticed another MA vs Nurse thread revitalized after over 8 years. Is there a conspiracy here to drive me out of my mind. Why?? I think we've beat this issue until the preverbal horse is not dead but now lying in ashes!

    Maybe an old thread, but i always welcome new healthcare workers.
  8. Visit  DutchgirlRN profile page
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    Quote from sharona97
    Maybe an old thread, but i always welcome new healthcare workers.
    Humbily said I was sorry my: and I do agree. Newbies are "always" welcome.
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  9. Visit  sharona97 profile page
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    Quote from DutchgirlRN
    Humbily said I was sorry my: and I do agree. Newbies are "always" welcome.
    Hey we all have been students, worked long hours, heard the same complaints, but that is similiar to the patient walking in with a cold..... we still take care of it.

    No worries, no hard feelings, sometimes we just have to remember when.... ya know?:caduceus:

    Sharona
  10. Visit  junebug62 profile page
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    Just to add my two cents....I am stll at my offie after almost 10 years and each day brings something crazy and new! I do know one thing..........after 10 years, the doc I work for eats horribly! :angryfire
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  11. Visit  Thumper1RN profile page
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    Yes, office nursing is "Real Nursing" The scope of nursing comes in many avenues. I have worked in an ob/gyn office for 9 years. I enjoy it very much.
    Nursing isnt just about hospital nursing. Remember nursing is about teaching and the care of our patients. I assist the doctors with phone triage, H&P intakes, minor procedures, administering medications, teaching pts about meds, prenatal care and so on. I use many nursing assessment skills in our office. I may not give meds through IV's or insert a NG tubes, but I do insert foleys, change dressings etc. Not all of the practical skills we learned are used in every scope of practice, but we use what is important pertaining to what applies to the position we are working in. So choose a scope of nursing and go for it. If down the road you choose to change fields...thats fine too. Find your niche and enjoy the rewards of nursing. I get alot of positive feedback from my patients and the Dr. I work for. Not all doctors are arrogant. I wouldn't trade my employer for anyone. She is professional, caring and kind. I love working in an office. I have great hours, a life with my family, vacations 401k etc. Just keep looking for the right one. I like the fact that I get to know my pts. and see them month after month and yr after yr, unlike the hospital where you only care for most pts short term. Well anyways I hope this helps you with your nursing career choices. have a great day!
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  12. Visit  DutchgirlRN profile page
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    Sorry posted in wrong thread.
    Last edit by DutchgirlRN on Apr 9, '08
  13. Visit  Nurserton profile page
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    So basically nurses have to use their hannds & not their heads to be considered "real nurses"? Give me a break. Just because they aren't emptying bed pans doesn't mean they aren't performing critical nursing skills. Triage anyone??
    I am a new graduate (although I've been a cath lab tech for a year and a CNA for 5 years before that) and will be beginning a position as a community clinic nurse in 2 weeks. I will be in charge of triaging patients (both phone & in-visit), interpreting critical lab and test results and arranging for appropriate follow-up care, pt education, case management, and much more that is all "real nursing." And I have absolutely NO doubt that I will use just as much of my nursing knowledge as the nurse inserting catheters at the local hospital.
  14. Visit  CheyRN profile page
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    Quote from ana115
    I am going through school with a friend, (we are taking our pre-req's together), and I happened to mention that I was interested in working in a Physicians office. To which she said, " I don't really consider that nursing". I was slightly taken aback, and thought that was a pretty snobby view to take...I mean, it's not floral arranging. It's nursing. Nursing is nursing, right? I know there are many different fields and specialties, and I happen to think Physician's office nursing sounds like a good fit for me. Regular hours, weekends and holidays off. I like the idea. And, I like the feeling of being in a smaller place than a hospital.

    Frankly, I think if you're good, it doesn't matter where you work.

    Do other people have this view of office nursing?
    Find yourself another friend. I have worked in several different areas that some would consider "not real nursing" like LTC, corrections, HH, in addition to hospital nursing. I take every opportunity to correct them when they start dogging these specialties. It's easy to degrade something when you don't know anything about it. Not many of these "real nurses" could deal with the number of patients, hours, conditions or lack of resources that nurse take for granted in a hospital setting. Could I thrive in an ED or ICU setting? Probably not as the constant "beep beep beep" of monitors would make me nuts, but if you need to have someone that is able to pass meds in a safe, timely and compassionate fashion to 25-200 folks, I'm your gal. Everyone is talented in their own way, and we have to embrace all of our differences if our profession is to thrive. :redpinkhe
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