I'm looking for some insight on nursing in an urgent care setting. I'm a pretty new nurse, I'm going on my 7th month as a Pediatric RN at a large children's hospital on a Trauma/Ortho/Observation unit on nights. I absolutely love my floor and my team. I feel so lucky and blessed to be on a great floor with great management, and in Peds right out of nursing school
. I am pretty well adjusted to nights, but sometimes find myself struggling with not having a set schedule each week/day hours. Things like family time, fitness/eating right, social life, etc. are all kind of wonky, but I do love my job.
I have always been interested in nursing in an outpatient setting, even during nursing school (since I do plan on going back to be a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in primary care). Our hospital has 4 associated urgent care locations and one of them is about 5 minutes from where I live - the hospital is a good 40 minute drive from me. I am interested in possibly transferring to urgent care after a good year or so of floor nursing. Although the thought of leaving my floor and my team breaks my heart, I definitely love the thought of an outpatient setting and having normal (or semi-normal) days/hours.
I would love any info on what urgent care nursing is like and what a typical day consists of/what an RN's role is. Any urgent care nurses out there who love it? Hate it? Anyone transferred from floor nursing to urgent care? Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!!