Did anyone start out at an Urgent Care Clinic as a new graduate?? If so, I'd like to know what a typical day would be like. How many RNs are typically assigned, and what are the responsibilities of the RN? How long was your orientation also? I would appreciate any input from any seasoned ambulatory (Urgent care nurses) out there as well. I've been applying everywhere and anywhere for work but nothing yet. I still have hope. I just like to get as much information as I can about a particular position that I might consider taking before-hand. Thanks so much in advance guys.
The usual advice in school - - Med-Surg - - I started out as a float nurse in a Primary care clinic (which I despised in nursing school, because "they weren't real nurses") HA. I loved it, also did urgent care. Since I have re-located... I'm working in a hospital. Let me tell you, all I was missing in the hospital was the chaos and gossip. If you are in a 'good' place..you will learn as you go. Usually, excellent team work. There will be 'boring' days, but those days are used for catching up on things you didn't have time for during the "rush"..cleaning, paperwork etc....but you will see a variety of things. Truthfully, I practiced more skills and had more autonomy in the clinic than I do in the hospital. The main thing..is your co-workers, staff members (schedulers, etc..) and the attitudes of the physicians you work with...that is what will create the environment. Best of luck. (I have respect for hospital nurses..of course..but it isn't for me. I have learned how to care for ventilator pts and other things you dont see in the clinic... but honestly, I worked with a great group and physicians who loved to teach. You will do alot of injections, see alot of uri, uti, etc....patient teaching? You have more time in the clinic than in the hospital. Ridiculous, huh? Bedside nursing is definitely NOT what it was.
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