Hello everyone! (warning -- long post) I currently work in a BUSY gastroenterology practice.I only work for 2 MDs; but there are 5 total. I see new patients in the office -- I do a prelimenary work-up, go over their teaching, etc. -- the MDs go in after I do, see the patient briefly, and go on their way. I see new consults in the hospital, much like what I do in the office -- review history, labs, tests; prepare the patient for possible GI work-up; and then report back to my docs to fill them in on the details, and possibly alter their schedule
I am also the telephone triage girl --- basically, if you are a patient, and you call with a problem; you get to talk to me first. I go over the symptoms; review meds, etc. Some problems I handle on my own..... some I review with the docs. It all depends on what it is. I also call pts with lab results, colonoscopy/EGD results,etc. My hours are 8:30 to 5pm Mon-Fri. My primary MD (the one that hired me) says I am his right hand girl ..... and whines when I am gone! I went on vacation last fall; and the 2 MDs BLOCKED the schedule from any add-ons while I was gone. Basically, they went into "light" mode.
Pay??? Hmm.... that's kind of a sticking point with me some days. I'm in the low 40s, with health, dental, life in paid for; 1 week paid, 1 week non-paid vacation. I forget how much sick time. Basically, I am a brat (working agency spoiled me!!) -- If I want to take off for something, I do. I just take it without pay. Overall, I really do love the job --- I would just like more benefits. (more vacation, tuition reimbursement; pre-tax IRA, etc.) I have learned a TREMENDOUS amount; and I get to do a lot of patient teaching; which I loved! How did I get this job??? Being at the right place at the right time! I have known the GI doc that I work for since I graduated from nursing school. I saw him one day when I was working for ANOTHER doc ( another episode of Oprah!); and the wheels started turning in his head. 8 months, many lunches, dinners, and phone calls later; I had my new job.
The down side?? Hmm. Mon-Fri can be good --- or AWFUL. I have to do most of my errands on the weekends, which can be hectic. With traffic, I do not get home til almost 6. My last job was WAY flexible (like I could go to the Mall if I was done with my work .... as long as I was close to the hospital, and accessible by beeper); and with this one; I have to be in the office most of the time.
Anyone else have thoughts, questions, comments???
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