I have been out of direct patient care for some time now (8 years), but just (finally) landed an interview next week for a position in "Pre-Admissions Testing." Can anyone tell me about this type of department?
Feb 7, '13
I don't work in this area but I've shadowed in it. It's probably a great place for you to return after such a long time out of nursing. For each patient, you'll get a set of baseline vitals, do a general assessment, draw any labs ordered, and coordinate any other testing ordered (e.g. X-rays or whatever). Also, you'll start the educational process for the periop experience. It will look and feel a lot like a visit to a doctor's office. Management will want to know that you can be efficient because they will have a maximum amount of time in mind for each patient. It can be repetitive, but that will give you the opportunity to get into a groove. You'll be able to ease your way back into understanding the disease processes, symptoms, and treatments. A good overall picture that you can take into whatever you'd like your next step in nursing to be. Good luck!
Feb 7, '13
Thank you so much for the reply. Sounds like it would be a great place to get my feet wet...again.
Apr 4, '13
Good thing I found a thread on this. I was curious to know what kind of nursing this was and what the job entails. I just applied for a per diem position at a pre-admission testing dept. at a fairly new hospital. Don't know if I'll even get the job since I only have 1.5 years exp in med-surg and ADN.
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