I have been working as an RN in a hospital for 2 years and have an interview at a doctor's office this week. From all the posts I have read under ambulatory care, I think I would really prefer to work in an office even with a cut in pay. While the occupational outlook guide (http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos083.htm#outlook
) from the government states that RN jobs in offices of physicians are expected to grow more rapidly than RN jobs in hospitals due to a lot more procedures being done in offices or outpatient centers, I also know that a lot of MD offices are using medical assistants instead of RNs to save money.
My problem is that this economy is just so unpredictable. I graduated from nursing school in 2008 (second career), and all through school all we heard about was the nursing shortage and how easy it was to move around to different employers or specialties. Sadly that is no longer the case. Since my hospital is having financial problems, I started looking for jobs in offices or other hospitals. So many hospitals near me have hiring freezes. I have applied for about 15 jobs, and this is the only job for which I have been called in for an interview.
I am excited because I have always thought that I eventually I want to be in an office setting. However, I am nervous because I have read about so many offices using MAs instead of RNs, and I don't want to find myself squeezed out of a job and then have a hard time getting back into a hospital. I obviously don't have an offer yet and cannot assume I will, but I am remaining optimistic at least until after the interview.
I would love some input from those of you who work in offices. If I were to get this job, I don't necessarily ever want to go back to a hospital, but what is your take on the way office jobs are headed? Are you concerned at all that you will be replaced by less expensive medical assistants? Any great advice? Thanks much.