For me it is definitely worth it!!
The hours and predictability of my work life are great for the family. Vacations ..NO WEEK ENDS and holidays off... I love it
But on a professional level..wow I have learned so Much!!
Think about hospital work and everytime you had to call a doctor for an order or some direction etc.
In the clinic you simply talk face to face with the doc..take care of the issues and move on.
Working side by side with an IM physician gives you not only a window into his/her world but a chance to see the decisions and diagnosis that he/she makes and learn from their knowledge bank
Personally, IM is great because we see people with chronic disease as well as the persons with just occasional illness.
Does your IM doc have an area he/she concentrates in? My doc is IM but he has a subspecialty in Cardio, so we see alot of cardiac problems and he also enjoys diabetes
I like the challenge of helping them manage their diabetes, CHF etc.
lab labs lab.. working IM you get to review an array of labs and agian learn learn learn
Are you interested in meds?
IM practice can sometimes be about the medical managemant. I spend alot of time talking with pts about their meds
I will say one more thing. The most gratifying experiences I have as an IM nurse in a clinic are those that involve one on one relationships. I have the chance to talk and get to know these people. Hold their hands when they find out they have cancer or teach them how to use the glucometer, empower them to care for themselves etc
I realize it is not for evrey nurse and your decision must be based on your own critieria. But I do LOVE It!!
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God Luck **Joy and Smiles **Darla