Working as a Medical Assistant to transition to Clinic RN?

  1. I'll be a new grad (BSN) this May and I plan to take my NCLEX in June. I would LOVE to be a clinic nurse but most clinics and family practices that I've called told me that although they accept new grad RN's, they need to already be certified.

    So I saw an open position at a clinic for a Medical Assistant PRN which I think will work out with my schedule until I graduate and have to study for the your opinion do you think that this is a good route to take or should I just wait until I pass my boards to begin applying?

    From my understanding, medical assistants and RN's work closely in a clinic, and oftentimes they perform some of the same tasks. I thought having experience as a medical assistant in a clinic setting would help me get my foot in the door if any RN positions open up by the time I get certified?

    I'd be so grateful for any opinions/advice!
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  3. by   elprup
    As a new/old grad I was hired as a MA in tiny rural clinic. As long as you can get passed them using you as a Nurse, and as long as you can keep your mouth closed when all the MA's call themselves Nurses, you can definitely learn a ton. I loved the people, & Doctors where I was at, but I could not take being taken advantage of for more than a year. If you have the time, might as well get some experience in the area you want to end up in.
  4. by   SHGR
    Certified in what? Clinic nursing? Telephone triage? Or do you mean licensed? Two different things.

    I love working in an office but the MA's run circles around us as far as tasks- giving shots to little kids, ear irrigations, stuff like that.