New Grad as a Clinical Liaison - page 2

Hey all. So I am a new grad as of May just passed the boards in July have been interviewing at all different types of places. I was just offered a job as a Clinical Liaison for a nursing home. The... Read More

  1. by   Cowboyardee
    Quote from Alison2209
    It's a very big nursing home company with 30 plus locations in my state. I want this to be a good opportunity for me with a lot of room to grow. I was just looking to see if any other new grads had anything similar
    So would you be working under the direction and direct supervision of someone with more experience? Otherwise, its an opportunity to make under-informed decisions that hurt patients while having no guidance or good way to learn from your mistakes.
  2. by   kp2016
    Quote from Alison2209
    It's a very big nursing home company with 30 plus locations in my state. I want this to be a good opportunity for me with a lot of room to grow. I was just looking to see if any other new grads had anything similar
    As it appears that you intend to take this job regardless of being warned "what is wrong with the situation before I jump" so good luck, I hope it goes well.
  3. by   dishes
    A 'good opportunity with room to grow' is one where a new grad is mentored by experienced nurses, typically a liaison position does not provide adequate orientation or mentoring . If you read Patricia Benner's from Novice to Expert you may gain a better understanding of how nurses acquire competence and judgement through experience. Since you do not have nursing experience, you do not understand the safety implications to nursing staff and the current patients when a patient is
    inappropriately admitted.
  4. by   roser13
    Quote from Alison2209
    It's a very big nursing home company with 30 plus locations in my state. I want this to be a good opportunity for me with a lot of room to grow. I was just looking to see if any other new grads had anything similar
    Technically, you asked for "any words of advice." And you have received many experienced opinions. Unfortunately, you do not appear to believe them. I wish you luck in your new position and I hope that your optimism is warranted.
  5. by   Nurse Beth
    You would be working for a company that has questionable practices.
  6. by   chacha82
    I don't see this as a good opportunity for a new grad. As a new grad (and I have only been a nurse for 2 years) I would not have been ready. Jobs for new grads are ones where they can be closely mentored and supervised. My cohort was hired to work nights at the hospital where we went to school. Some of us went to other hospitals, but we all started out in acute/SNF/LTACH/clinic setting. Those are appropriate settings for new grads.

    The real question is why didn't this facility hire one of their own seasoned nurses for the job? It is a much better fit for someone who has worked INSIDE this specific facility as a floor nurse and charge RN.
  7. by   /username
    It seems you already have your mind made up despite what people have told you, and even your own reservations about the job. Good luck.
  8. by   marsbar37
    i faced something similar as i am a new grad too. I had a "recruiter" tell me about an opportunity as a survey field nurse for a company that is supposedly outsourced with the department of health. It was going into any organization that billed with the government. I would have to evaluate these places and report my findings. As a new grad i was very uncomfortable as i felt i had no experience to make these kind of assessments. This sounds more of a job i would take towards the end of a nursing career.
  9. by   Boog'sCRRN246
    This job is about so much more than just clinical skills. It also encompasses the "boring" and "political" side of nursing - paperwork, insurance auths, Medicare/Medicaid regulations, etc. Would you feel comfortable denying a patient for admission to your SNF because they would be better served at a different level of care, such as IRF or LTAC or even home health? Would you then refer the patient to that level of care? The SNF Clinical Liaisons in my area wouldn't dream of doing any of that because it would hurt the bottom line of their employers. To me, that is where the difficulty of the position lies.
  10. by   Alison2209
    Who said I didn't believe them, I'm just trying to wrap my head around everything and get opinions.
  11. by   Alison2209
    I'm trying to gather as much information as I can before making a decision. Prior to this interview I never knew this type of nurse existed.
  12. by   Been there,done that
    Quote from Alison2209
    That's why I am asking for help. I am always looking for what is wrong with the situation before I jump into anything. My interviewer told me she called me as a new grad because of my lpasr experience. I am a second degree nurse with my first one being in accounting. In addition to having worked in bars, and being administrative assistant I have with all three of those jobs been able to fine tune my communication skills. Which is why she said she even called me as a new grad to begin with. She likwnall of you was questioning my assessment/bed side skills but she quickly dismissed them when she met me. I would be the first new grad she has hired for a position like this. I'm so confused as to what to do. I have interviewed for a ton of jobs and only been offered a PRN and a part time. I really need full time for my family and the benefits but I don't want to kill my career at the same time.
    I fail to see how working in bars and accounting could qualify you for a NURSING position that requires years of clinical assessment and hands on skills.
    This corporation wants to use your nursing license to somehow make money for THEM. Most likely covering ALL of the facilities.

    Did you ask what happened to the previous Liaison nurse?
  13. by   Alison2209
    Communication skills is what I gained from working in bars and restaurants. Accounting the paperwork side of it. And nursing to access. I'd cover 3 hospitals for one of the area nursing homes they own. I'm not saying I'm taking the Job or not I'm trying to gain insight into the job itself

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