I have been selected to interview for an RN position at an outpatient ortho clinic for a large county hospital. The position is described only generally in the job posting--I am wondering what the RN role would be in a clinic setting? Casting? Setting up injections? Phone triage? Checking in patients?
Are there any ortho RN's out there currently working in this role? I currently work on an ortho/spine floor in a medium-sized hospital that specializes mainly in elective total joint and spine surgeries. I am interested in a clinic role because I think it would be nice to see patients over the continuum of care--not just the 2-3 days they are in the hospital. I wonder how my acute care skill set with transfer? (The minimum requirement was 1+ years recent ortho or med/surg experience.) I asked a PA that I work with about it and while she didn't know for sure, she thought that the role might be more like a MA instead of an RN. But to be honest, I am not sure what the MA does in an ortho clinic? The salary is definitely in line with what an inpatient RN would make--I think because it is a county hospital job.
Any input as to pros/cons of working in this type of position would be appreciated.