I just thought I would share my thoughts because I am in a time of transition in my nursing career. I am a fairly new nurse, working my first job on a Med-Surg floor for 2 years now. I started on a Med-Surg floor because I wanted to get a basic foundation in nursing. Throughout the two years that I have been working, I was always hoping that it would get better as I got more experienced. I hoped that I would get over the "new grad" stressful phase and start feeling like I enjoy my job. However, I am still waiting for that time to come. I dread going into work and am so stressed out during my shift and then when I come home, most of the time I am depressed and it is disrupting my relationship with my husband because he says he can't handle the stress that he sees me in. I basically can tolerate
this job but I just feel like there is something better out there for me!
So, I have been applying for positions through Kaiser and also the County Hospital Ambulatory outpatient clinic in my county. I have received an invite to undergo an oral exam for the outpatient clinic position!!! It is not a hiring interview but it will put me on an eligible list and possibly land me the job. From what I have been reading through allnurses and elswhere, clinic nursing is more about pt education and building relationships with the same patients over time through guiding them through chronic disease management. I have been looking into something called "RN health/wellness coach" and consider having my own business doing this someday. I believe the skills I can gain from a clinic setting can bring me another step closer to this dream.
Is there anybody out there who feels the same way? Is there anybody who has moved from acute care hospital nursing to clinic/ambulatory nursing and what can you say about the differences? What are the pro's and con's of clinic nursing?
Thanks for reading!