Quote from sisrn1
Thanks for your comments. Am I hearing that it is easier for a new RN to start off in a hospital setting? I just figured I'd be green no matter where I went.
And you will be, but that's not a bad thing. Every body has to start at the beginning. I agree with the OP, you really need that hospital experience & skills developement behind you. With your title being "nurse", their expectations will be higher. Actually, even with hospital experience, the clinic setting will still be a challenge...it's a whole different environment from the hospital. Rooming patients, drawing up meds, physicals, blood draws, lab & pharm calls, supplies orders, triage...it all takes time & practice. If you're in a particularly busy office, & primary care can be very busy-especially this time of year, it can be very overwhelming. Your confidence will come with time & experience, no matter what you choose to do. Once you get the hang of it, primary care is about one of the easiest medical settings to work in. I'm on the flip side of you...I'm a new nurse coming into the different hospital environment with only 8 years MA experience behind me. Three of those 8 years were spent in primary care. If your MA's are decent, they'll help you learn the small stuff, but always remember that you have the nursing knowledge. All my best to you.