I am about to graduate with my BSN and I really, really don't want to work in a hospital. I've done some research, but I haven't really found alternatives for new grads. Does anyone have experience with this or suggestions?
Did you start there as a new nurse? What kinds of things does a health department nurse do?
I did! We do a lot. I can do a lot of my own from "standing orders", like if someone needs a medication I can give it to the patient without doc even seeing them or if the patient has an issue I can refer to the doc. We do family planning, prenatal care/women's preventive care (paps, etc), immunizations, child health, very limited adult primary care, STD testing, community outreach programs, WIC. There's also school health and things like that but I do not get involved with that. We do our own phlebotomy and we also assist the docs in procedures. I can't think of anything else, I'm sure there is but that's about a lot of it.