RN in a doctors office??

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    What does an RN do in a doctors office? I can't work 12 hour shifts due to family issues so I am assuming the only other place I could work is a doctors office. Also, how does the pay compare? Thanks
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    In my experience, the pay is definitely less than in a hospital setting. Different Dr's offices use their nurses differently. And of course, over time, the MD may increase nursing responsibilities due to the nurse becoming more proficient, more used to the MD's desires/practices.

    But as an example, the RN could take vitals, take a history, give a brief description of the reason for the visit. MD comes in, examines, decides treatment plan. RN comes back in and implements plan: prepares scripts, makes test appt, gives necessary patient education/injections/treatments.

    Different MD's will entrust different levels of responsibility to the nurse.
    Last edit by roser13 on Feb 2, '10
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    I worked for a surgeon and earned equal to hospital salary. Responsiblities included managing techs/LVNs, assisting during surgery (out-pt mostly as hospital nurses were available there and I could be earning revenue back at office), performed ancillary tests, reviewed labs and MD orders (MD responsible for reviewing also, but I usually put them in priority order)---there are lots of things you can do in MD office.
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    You have other options besides MD office also, as a RN. You could work in home health, if you have a BSN you could work public health, or you could be a school nurse. There's lots of options outside the hospital
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    Depends on what type of office/speciality you're looking at. I've worked in offices where RNs basically did medical assistant work with the occasional IV start thrown in if a pt came in with dehydration. I've also worked with RNs who are in mgmt of the clinical staff in a large office (lots of paperwork, Joint Commission junk, training, etc.). RNs may run such things as Coumadin Clinics in primary care or cardiology offices where they run the tests and then adjust pt dosages as indicated by the results. Sometimes they do a lot of phone work and may call in routine meds according to established protocols (standing orders)...which actually I did when I worked as a medical assistant.

    In gastroenterology offices an RN might assist with endoscopy procedures, work in recovery for those who've been anesthetized for procedures, etc.
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    There are other options for 8 hour shifts that do not involve clinics or doctors' offices. Workplaces such as dialysis centers, home health agencies, hospices, rehab centers, psychiatric facilities, schools, university health centers, nursing homes, ambulatory surgery centers, group homes for developmentally disabled clients, and blood banks all utilize RNs.
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    I worked in an oncology office. Phone nurses, chemo administration, colony stimulator shots, it was multi-doctor so there were lots of jobs. I got exactly the same I was making at the hospital -15.50/hr in 1997 in Kansas - but I told them I wouldn't work for less.

    I found office work to be much less stressful than hospital. Patients were more laid back and more pleasant. Lots of free lunches from drug reps. And I really didn't realize how much I hated working weekends until I didn't have to do it anymore. Only drawback was the nursing supervisor was a lunatic.
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    re: pima medical insutitute

    "when i went to pima to learn about the rn program they told me i had to become an ma first. is that true? "


    kkb 243:
    i saw the above post you made, at your site, as well as other posts you made that indicate that you haven't found/been accepted to an r.n. program, yet you want to work as one asap......

    it seems pima gave you good advice. i dislike the way some medical assistants want to "pass" as knowing as much as rns (which doesn't fly), and enjoy having their employer call them "my nurse". it is damaging to both professions, for someone to appear as something they're not.

    there is a law against "practising nursing without a license".
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    The RNs can be triage nurses or be called 'nurse clinicians'-they round with the clinic MD in the hospital and also round on people while the MD is with other patients or in surgery. The questions/orders needed are then presented to the clinic MD in "bulk".

    otessa
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    When I worked as a CMA I corrected people on an almost-hourly basis when referred to as "nurse" because I wasn't one. I never would have tried to "pass" as a nurse since (until very recently) I never had any desire to BE a nurse! Now I'm in school working toward a MSN to work as an Adult Nurse Practitioner -- that'll get me right back to working outpatient primary care.

    As for 8-hour shifts, lots of hospitals are offering "flex scheduling" and encourage nurses to make their own schedules. Although most of the nurses where I'm doing clinicals choose to work 12-hour shifts, there are some who work 8-hour shifts and the hospital works around that preference.


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