I am new to allergy nursing and need advice! I have a lot of office experience, but am new to ENT and immunology. Has anyone set up a practice before and have advice to offer? I have been hired to start the allergy portion to their practice and so far have implemented PFT's, lab testing, and patient education. We are offering allergy drops, not injections. I am looking for education and training resources for myself, as I do not have anyone there to train me. The physician are wonderful, but I'm looking for other nurses who have actually done this before!
My main areas in question are guidelines on mixing- where to find state regulations, am I within my scope of practice to mix and dispense for use in allergy DROPS?
I have tried searching on line for training or course offerings, but most are just info for physician or are ENT focued and my only have 1 or 2 allergy speakers for an entire week-long event, so it's not really worth it.
Mostly, it would just be nice to have a fellow-allergy nurse to chat with
Also wondering if you get bored?? I have been in this position for 3 months and am already missing 'clinical action'. Thinking of maybe picking up an occasional shift somewhere.
I should also mention that I am a new nurse. I had been a medical assistant for 9 years prior to going to nursing school. Became an RN last year, worked 4 months on a cardiac unit (hated it) and then accepted current allergy position. Very interested in maternity or traumatic wound care.
I'd love to talk with other nurses who could offer advice!