Outpatient Surgery Center

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    I quit my job at the hospital where I've worked for the last 12 years. I accepted a per diem position at an outpatient surgery center. Has anyone else made a move like this? How did it work out for you? I'm so excited and I hope I don't regret the move. It's hard to give up all the benefits and seniority... especially after being so comfortable for so long. I've wanted to move to the surgery center for a while now. I was hoping to get a part time or full time spot there, but decided to go for the per diem spot since that's all they have right now (it's so hard to get in there - I don't dare pass up, even on a per diem opening). I'm hoping it will turn into more in the future. I love the idea that I won't ever have to be on call again, no more nights, weekends or holidays!
    Any thoughts you all have would be much appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Christine

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    i hope you get some replies???
    i'm a senior r.n. student and i don't know what the heck i'm going to get into when i'm done, but i'm browsing different areas, so that after i do a year med-surg (probably) i can go into something else.

    anyway, yep there aren't alot of SDS openings in my area either & that must mean there's not a high turn over rate....which is very good! well, hope it works out for you, good luck!
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    Quote from dijmart
    i hope you get some replies???
    i'm a senior r.n. student and i don't know what the heck i'm going to get into when i'm done, but i'm browsing different areas, so that after i do a year med-surg (probably) i can go into something else.

    anyway, yep there aren't alot of SDS openings in my area either & that must mean there's not a high turn over rate....which is very good! well, hope it works out for you, good luck!
    Hey - thanks for responding. Congrats on nearing the end of your nursing program! Good luck to you as well
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    I have several friends who work at an Outpatient Surgery Center and they love it. Great hours!
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    I have worked in bedside nursing for over 15yrs. I am now per diem at the hospital and have been working per diem at a surgery center for 4 years. The work is very different at the surgery center. I get paid quite a bit less but it is a lot less stressful. The company I work for is very good to their staff. As I get older I may decide to leave the hospital all together and now I have my foot in the door somewhere else.
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    Hi there! I started working at an outpatient/pain management center last summer as a per diem RN. I still work at a hospital per diem as well. Let me tell ya, they are complete opposites. I would love to eventually get a full time position in an outpatient facility. There is barely any stress, no weekends/holidays, hours do vary based on how many surgeries that day. It is pretty routine where I work and a lot of the charting is basically the same on all patients. The only meds I pass are pain meds, orders are all the same depending on what type of surgery, and there is no chaos!! I don't get nervous going to work cause I know what to expect. I work in the recovery room where pts go home w/in 1-1.5 hours. It's great! And yes, they are hard to get into, but take the per diem position! Any questions, let me know!
    tobycoop and Mrs. SnowStormRN like this.
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    I have also thought about outpatient type of nursing rather than just the basic floor nursing that the majority of nurses do (at least that's what I think of). Congratuatlions by the way!
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    I've been working at the surgery center per diem for about 6 months and they just offered me a full time spot! It's been a really great change for me. I still miss my "family" at the hospital where I had been working, but all the staff and surgeons at the surgery center have been fantastic. I feel so blessed to be there and I will tell you, I do not miss being on call!! The pay is not as good as the hospital, but you just can't beat the hours - no holidays, nights or weekends. It's also a very pleasant atmosphere. I think it's a good trade off.
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    I just got a job offer at New Gulfcoast Surgery Center in Mississippi I'm very nervous. Also, truly sad to be leaving my nursing family here at Washington State Dept. of Corrections. All I did was cry when I had to turn in my resignation notice. But the thing is that I have to be with my husband down in MS due to him being active duty I really don't know when he'll deploy so that was the main reason for me leaving... To be with my husband.
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    ORSmurf, congratulations on getting full-time position and finding a new "happy place"!

    t.adamson, I hope your move is going well, the life of a military spouse isn't easy but it can be rich in friends and new experiences.


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