Outpatient/Office Nursing

  1. Hi everyone. I am a brand new nursing student (I just started Tuesday and I'm already stressed out and overwhelmed) I've always had my heart set on working in L&D at the hospital but now for some reason I have become very interested in outpatient or office work. I was wondering if some of you could tell about these two areas. What are the requirements for working in these areas, is the pay the same as working in the hospital, do they usually hire new graduates etc.? Nursing is something that I've always wanted to do but I don't think I'm cut for the stress of the hospital (hope that doesn't sound weird). Any info would be great. Thanks.
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   Morgan314
    On my first day of clinical in the hospital as a nursing student, I decided I hated hospital work and everyone in my class thought I was crazy. They couldn't understand why someone would want to be a nurse and not want to work in a hospital. Long-term care needs good nurses, and the pace is not as demanding. Most doctor's offices use Medical Office Assistants because they cost less than nurses.
  4. by   klink
    Pediatric offices tend to use more nurses than MA's because they have us do telephone triage, immunizations, and give neb treatments, meds, etc.
  5. by   BeHappy!
    I agree, Pediatric offices definitely use RN's more than MA's. Generally, RN's are able to do more thus making less work for the physician.

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