I am wondering how many other clinic nurses end up working late nights. I left the hospital so I could have more work/life balance and work 8-5. I worked for a really great clinic for a few years where the nurses each had one late night (until about 6:30) but usually worked until 5 or 5:30 the rest of the week.
Then I took a job MUCH closer to home in family practice office where I was told the hours were 8-5 with one or two nights per week until 6, but reality is that we usually stay until 7:30 to 8:30 pm most nights. The schedule is always so overbooked that even when the docs are only scheduled until 5, they are not done seeing patients until about 7:00. THEN they get to answering their phone messages, and we have to stay until everyone is called with reponses. With these hours, I might as well work 12 hour shifts in the hospital and make more pay and only work 3 days per week instead of 5.
I am thinking of trying to get back into my previous clinic where I usually got out at 5:00, but I hate leaving a job when I have only been there for a few months (the employees who have been there a long time say it has always been like this).
I was wondering if any other clinic nurses are experiencing neverending hours -- I don't see this complaint very often. Since I have only worked in 2 clinics since leaving the hospital, I don't know if I was just extremely lucky with the first one or if these hours at the second one are pure insanity. I want to be home in the evenings with my kids.