I'm a nursing student but I've been looking at the current job market. Best case scenario I would love to work in the hospital. I love the energy and being around so many people. However, my husband always insists that I look for an opening in a private office because of the hours, weekends off etc.
So my question is has anyone recently been hired in a doctor's office with a ADN? If so what are your duties and responsibilities. And how do you like it?
Thanks in advance.
Feb 2, '14
I'm an RN with an ADN and have been working in the hospital since summer 2012. I have really been wanting to try outpatient so at the beginning of January I applied to two office positions. I interviewed for both and was offered both jobs. One was for a small family primary care office and the other is for a specialty department within a group physician practice working in the office and the day surgery clinic.
In the first one (family primary care) the job was mostly phone work (prior authorizations, some triage, etc), immunizations, helping the MD sometimes with small in office procedures (wart removal for example). The other job was pre/post op for short surgical cases, performing tests/evals, patient education, etc. I chose the second because I didn't want to be spend majority of the day on the phone. At this point, I still enjoy direct patient care/interaction. The second job positing stated 2+ years experience and a Bachelors degree. I have neither. There were several nurses interviewing and I still got the job.
So don't be afraid to apply to whatever interests you if the requirements are not too far of a stretch from what you have to offer. I have to say though, I definitely do not think I would have even landed interviews for these jobs if I did not have acute care experience. I think acute care experience is very important, even if just for a year or so. The confidence gained from being exposed to everything you must do as a floor nurse is amazing. You learn sooooo much that will be extremely helpful for going into outpatient areas of nursing from basic skills to multitasking.
I have not started yet. I am staying per diem at the hospital.
I do not often see office RN jobs posted on the job search
sites in my area. Mostly LPNs and MAs. But sometimes they do pop up, so keep a look out. Good luck!
Last edit by naptimeRN on Feb 2, '14