After working for a year in LTC, I am interviewing for a rural clinic position that provides family practice, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Adult Acute & Chronic Care, Pediatrics, Family Planning, Laboratory Testing, Pharmacy, Specialty Referral, Immunizations, Patient Health Education I think mostly to the financially disadvantaged.
Looks like there is 1 MD and 2 NPs, Otherwise not sure how the office is staffed. The office hours are M-F 8:30-4:30.
My job in LTC is BUSY, but it is not HARD, and I know the Residents and I am comfortable with the people that I work with, and I know at times I do make a difference, but I am finding it is not very rewarding, and that I would really rather do something that utilizes my brain a little more. Its really hard to "teach" a person with dementia, or encourage a 90 y/o ex pilot that is "giving up" to continue to fight just for the sake of being alive.
I am really curious as to what Role an LPN plays in a clinic, other then the obvious, Rooming, VS, throat cultures, urine samples etc. What are the REWARDS?, What are the FRUSTRATIONS?, What kind of pay/benefits could I expect?, it is located in Eastern TN, close to Knoxville.
Thanks for all feedback