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Fertility / Infertility Nursing???

Has anyone on here worked as a Fertility Nurse or is currently working as one?

I know in general what a nurse's role is in this field, but I would love to hear from a nurse experienced in this area.

Also, how is the pay and schedule compared to other family clinics?

This area in nursing definitely intrigues me and I may have an opportunity to work in a clinic.

dariah

Specializes in OB/GYN.

I used to work in a fertility clinic. I loved the work and my coworkers. It the administration was impossible to work with. Someday, in a different city, I'd like to try it again. Everyday was a little bit different, sometime recovering pts from procedures, administering injections, phone triage, sorting blood results, seeing new pts, calling pts with pregnancy results, teaching classes about the IVF process, etc. My pay was pretty competitive, in fact, I took a pay cut when I took a new job at a hospital. One major downside though was having to work nights, weekends, and holidays with no overtime.

I used to work in a fertility clinic. I loved the work and my coworkers. It the administration was impossible to work with. Someday, in a different city, I'd like to try it again. Everyday was a little bit different, sometime recovering pts from procedures, administering injections, phone triage, sorting blood results, seeing new pts, calling pts with pregnancy results, teaching classes about the IVF process, etc. My pay was pretty competitive, in fact, I took a pay cut when I took a new job at a hospital. One major downside though was having to work nights, weekends, and holidays with no overtime.

I would love to know what your starting salary was. I was interviewed recently and the hiring manage asked me for salary requirements. I just don't know what to put out there because if it's too high, she may not want to hire me. I hope she will come back with an offer though :( Any tips?

dariah

Specializes in OB/GYN.

I imagine starting salary is going to vary greatly by geography. Keep in mind that I was working in New York City where all RNs pretty much make more than the national average. I have found that the tools at Welcome to Salary.com! - Salary.com have been pretty accurate. In 2008, my starting salary was $70K, with a fixed raise each year and a cap of 90K. (Also, this was position was salaried, so no overtime and I often worked 45 hours a week.) I had nice benefits, too, so that counts for something.

In the future, I would recommend asking around if you have friends who work in similar environments so you can get a sense of what is competitive. Clinic salaries are usually lower than hospitals, and also less formulaic (hospitals usually offer a base rate, plus x for experience, plus night differential, plus bonus for certifications or MSN, etc.). Use Job Search | one search. all jobs. Indeed.com or Find Jobs. Build a Better Career. Find Your Calling. | Monster.com or even Craigslist to browse similar positions and see if they post the salary. Maybe I'm wrong, but I think in nursing typically a salary is a salary, and it's not really negotiable unless merit based. So I wouldn't sweat it about salary requirements.

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