I currently work on a MedSurg/Tele floor (a lot of Urology, but we basically get everything...including all those fun drug seekers and alcohol withdrawal patients...so much fun...
). I'm getting married next year and feel like I need something different. I would like a Monday to Friday day job with no weekends and no holidays so that I would be working the same hours as my husband and be able to go to church with him on Sundays. Clinic Nursing sounds like it might be right up my ally. I would also welcome a change from floor nursing. I've worked in Longterm Care/Rehab for 2 years. By next year, I would have been working in MedSurg for 2 1/2 years. I feel like I've gotten some good experience, but now I'm looking for something that's a little more conducive to a normal life
I have a year to look around, figure out what I want and what I need to do to look good for prospective employers. However, I have very little knowledge of Clinic Nursing:
Most importantly, what should I do now to prepare to stand out among other candidates and feel competent in my job as a clinic nurse?
- What kind of clinics should I look into? I know they vary greatly. How about doctor's offices? Walk in clinics? Specialty clinics? What's out there and how do they differ? What should I look for?
- What questions should I ask in the interview to understand a little more of what would be expected of me and how the clinic is run?
- What questions should I ask to avoid a clinic that is poorly run?
I feel like I probably should take more opportunities to do more patient education. I'm assuming that's a huge part of clinic nursing. I know triage via telephone is a part of it too which honestly intimidates me a bit. What should I do to prepare for that? I probably should take more opportunities to draw blood and place IV's as well. Again, assuming that's a part of it as well. I'm looking to get certified as a MedSurg RN in May so that I can feel more competent in my knowledge as an RN as well as show potential employers that I'm dedicated to nursing and continuing my education. I'm looking into getting my ACLS just because I like to feel more competent and knowledgeable in code situations. I'm currently on the Skin Care Committee too. Trying to do whatever I can while I am at my current job.
My concerns: I'm afraid of a pay cut. However, I feel like it might be worth it to have a normalish life. I'm afraid of being bored. However, I know I can always go back to floor nursing if I want. I'm sure the clinic is probably just as crazy as floor nursing, but I honestly have no idea since I've never done it.
I know this is all very vague, but if there are any Clinic Nurses out there that could give me a few tips and pointers that would be great. Tell me what it's like in the life of a clinic nurses and what I should do to prepare!
Any input would be great! Thanks ahead of time!