I'd asked about this in the nursing careers forum with little luck. I'm hoping I can get some help here.
Which clinic specialties seem to need/have RNs the most? Before I went to nursing school
, I worked as a medical assistant for many years, but only in a few offices that utilized RNs. I'd really like to return to working in a clinic but I'm not sure where to start looking for open positions.
Some backstory: I'm still by my own measure sort of a new grad (less than a year nursing). My first position was in the OR and then, not feeling that particular OR was the best place for a new grad, I accepted a new grad position on a critical care floor. However, I was also diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis five years ago. I've done well with my treatment regimen until I began working on my unit lifting (much more than I should), often sitting down for a grand total of 20 minutes in a 12hr shift and a thousand other exhausting tasks. I often don't eat or get to drink but a few sips during my shift. Recently, I saw my rheumatologist and she informed me that my x-rays, physical exam and lab work show rapidly progressing joint damage over the past 6 months. And I've noticed a definite change in myself.
While part of me will miss my unit, I'm really excited at the opportunity to be in a clinic again. Plus, I want to make my nursing career as long as possible and I love patient care.
I'm hoping I can get some advice here and start looking...thanks in advance.