Planned Parenthood

  1. Anyone work at Planned Parenthood? If you do, do you like it?

    I must add that I am into community/public health and community outreach. I know people in the past have mentioned that finding a job after might be hard if I ever looked elsewhere. But, I am into the fields of community/public health and also, mental health/substance abuse/detox. So, that being said...fire away.
    Last edit by wish_me_luck on Jan 16, '13
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  3. by   DawnJ
    That is also my interest. PP has a website where they post job openings nationwide. Unfortunately, since I've been watching it, it seems they either want an MA or a NP.

    I'm going to try to get some clinic/urgent care experience as well as community/public heath so I can have some other options open. No interest in acute care, so not worried that I won't qualify for a hospital gig
  4. by   AlaBro2010
    I don't work at planned parenthood BUT my clinic does do most of the women's services they offer like inserting IUDs, breast cancer screening, etc. I love the environment!
  5. by   wish_me_luck
    I am honestly thinking about getting like an administrative assistant job or something and then trying to get a job at PP, health dept, detox/mental health clinics and the like. That's what I want--public health and I want to change the mental health realm.

    I know I saw MA jobs on PP job site. They do a lot. The hours aren't enough to sustain alone. That's why maybe get something else and do PP. But, I love the idea.
  6. by   klone
    I've always wanted to work for PP. The RNs are generally used for abortion services, both pre- and post-op, as well as assisting and 'clean up' of the POC. I'm okay with that. I'm very pro-choice, and I think women should have a caring, non-judgmental person there during that time. So at the smaller ancillary clinics that don't offer surgery, they generally only hire MAs, not RNs.

    However, their pay is awful. For me, as an experienced OB nurse, I cannot afford to take that much of a pay cut in order to work for them. Maybe for a new grad who is looking for work, it would be a good opportunity.
    Last edit by klone on Jan 19, '13
  7. by   pockunit
    I do, and it's great. I have the best manager I've ever had, hands down, a great bunch of coworkers, and enough change day-to-day to keep it interesting.

    I wouldn't say my pay is awful, given that there are no nights, no holidays, and they're great about flexing the schedule. It's only a few bucks less than floor nurses get starting out here. It's also more than the $0 I was making before I got hired.

    Our clinic does not do ab, so there's no surgical experience (such as it is for the average prodecure), but I'm getting good PH experience dealing with the STIs that come through, and holy crap am I glad we're monogamous.
  8. by   wish_me_luck
    Pock, I know there aren't nursing jobs in my area at PP. Do you think they would take a nurse for a health center assistant? I called and left a message today with PP about that. But, maybe you know?

    PP does fall under public health (very similar to what the health dept does in terms of STIs/women's health/pregnancy.) PH, in general, does not pay as much as a hospital. I am okay with that. I can take another part time evening job, if I need supplemental work.
  9. by   MInurse.st
    I work there (contingent) and I LOVE it. I started as Health Care Assistant (MA w/o certification), and when I passed NCLEX got to transition RN. I'm not there for the pay for sure ($6/hr less than than at the hospital I work at), I'm there because I love what I do. Some clinics that do AB may allow you to volunteer in the recovery room.
  10. by   pockunit
    Quote from wish_me_luck
    Pock, I know there aren't nursing jobs in my area at PP. Do you think they would take a nurse for a health center assistant? I called and left a message today with PP about that. But, maybe you know?

    PP does fall under public health (very similar to what the health dept does in terms of STIs/women's health/pregnancy.) PH, in general, does not pay as much as a hospital. I am okay with that. I can take another part time evening job, if I need supplemental work.
    They might for a per diem position, but not ft. It's too expensive, frankly. I work both as a CMA and as RN, depending on the shift I work, but only on an as-needed basis. They wouldn't hire me ft to do the CMA work.

    You could absolutely volunteer and get into a position that way. If you're in a city with more than one clinic, be sure to get your name in at all of them.
  11. by   wish_me_luck
    I am saying that I would want the position as is, but I guess, for licensing purposes (i.e. MA having scope of practice and nursing having a different scope of practice--like if I was working as an MA, but then something comes up that only a nurse could do, it would be risky position wise to say "WML, can you do this?" when the position is an MA position and it is not within the scope of practice) the title would have to be a nursing position. I picked a field of nursing that does not pay much to begin with. It isn't "I want it, but only if you pay me more".

    The position is in a city that's a couple hours from where I am. So, I would have to move if I got a position there. Volunteering in this case isn't possible, unfortunately.
  12. by   dimi152
    I'd love to hear from anyone who works as an RN with Planned Parenthood, N.California! I've applied to an opening and would appreciate any advice on how to get a call back. I put forth the best resume & cover letter I could put together and tried to tie in my outpatient clinic experience, ER experience pre nursing school and my passion for women's health/family planning/reproductive rights & health. Any advice or feedback is welcome, thank you!!
  13. by   cayenne06
    I wanted to work at PP as an RN, but the schedule wouldn't work with my grad school program. But now I work there as a CNM and I can absolutely say it is the best job I have ever had and I hope to work here forever. I have great coworkers and great support.

    we don't have many RNs or LPNs, but we have a few. They do MA type stuff as well as injections, counseling/education, surgical recovery, and we train those who are interested in ultrasound.
  14. by   cayenne06
    Quote from wish_me_luck
    Pock, I know there aren't nursing jobs in my area at PP. Do you think they would take a nurse for a health center assistant? I called and left a message today with PP about that. But, maybe you know?

    PP does fall under public health (very similar to what the health dept does in terms of STIs/women's health/pregnancy.) PH, in general, does not pay as much as a hospital. I am okay with that. I can take another part time evening job, if I need supplemental work.
    And yep, I chose this job despite having two other offers with significantly higher pay. I had to stay prn at my LDRP RN job to make ends meet. I am not afraid to admit that abortion work is a calling for me, and PP is a very mission-driven organization. It's pretty amazing to work within an organization that is truly committed to its purpose. We had our biennial clinician conference today and so I am particularly inspired at the moment!

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