Believe it or not, I had not heard of preadmission testing nurses until I applied for the position! The preadmission testing department I work in is located in a hospital. We do preadmission testing for patients who are going to have surgery. We take histories and perform physicals, draw their lab work and do EKG's depending on what the surgeon has ordered, or if their is no lab work ordered, we go by anesthesia guidelines. If a patient comes in through the emergency room and they are going to have surgery, if they don't have a h&P, we do them. Most times though the surgical resident or surgeon will do them in those cases. We also will do h&P's(histories and physicals) on the day of surgery and the preop RN's will do their lab work.
To work in preadmission testing, you have to have a BSN(BSN programs require you to take a physical assessment class) or have taken the physical assessment course if you don't have a BSN. I like the job because it allows me to sit down and talk to patients. I don't have to pass meds or deal with the hussle and bussle of the floor. We can wear scrubs
or casual clothes with a lab coat and we don't have to work weekends, rotate or do the holiday thing. For me, it is a dream nursing job, but I do it as a casual. In our dept. there are 3 FT nurses and about 5 part time nurses. 4 of us are casuals. The dept. is flexible enough to let you leave early if you have a dr's appt. or something else you need to do. That sums it up.