Well, I've switched jobs once again. I managed to stay with Occupational Medicine for 3 years, but found that over time I wanted more hands on with patients.
I stayed with the same employer, but switched specialities to Orthopedics. Let me just say: I love it!
There were many great things about Occ Med; (health fairs, flu clinics being my favorite part of the job) but most of the job involves paperwork and dealing with patient worry and anger in regard to their work related injuries.
But the new job.... it's in a clinic... I do lot's of post-op staple and suture removal, pre-op informing, casting, splinting, dressing changes, etc.
And I love it! I'm and LPN and cast tech... I'm just finishing a 5 week training time in our clinic's cast room... I have become quite good at short arm and thumb spica casts and splints, short leg casts and the like, but haven't done the specialty stuff yet like the munster cast...
I'd have to say the hardest thing is the CTS and other hand surgery related stitch removals. Some of the surgeons use the TIGHTEST stitching technique... It is almost impossible to get under the stitch with scissors (even the smallest surgical ones). I've started using an 11 blade which works better, but sometimes patients are so sensitive that it's extremely difficult.
I'm certain that over time I will become quite proficient and knowledgeable in this new field. I hope to be able to go to conventions (because that's my love in life; travel, even if it's across town) and gain knowledge, confidence, and skill, benifiting me, my employer, and my patients!
Anyway, I'm loving it, and just wanted to tell the nursing world...