Are remote or rural private practice physicians nonexistant now? Has all the physicians gone in with a group of some kind for malpractice insurance
I would like to find a clinic job for a nurse, in a rural/remote area in the USA.....where it is just one or two physicians providing care for a whole community....do they even exist? Any input would be greatly appreciated....
I've been an LPN for 23 years and now working on my RN degree through a distance learning program, but I am getting so burnt out on the "group practices", to the point of wanting to get out of nursing all together. Sometimes I feel like the medical profession has forgotten about taking care of people, it seems to be all about "making the numbers look good". I enjoy putting in a hard days work taking care of patients...but some days it seems to be the farthest thing from that......Paperwork is not always my friend....
...ok, thanks for letting me vent.....back to work tomorrow.
Mar 13, '03
They are not nonexistent, but decreasing in number (like small, independent book stores or hardware stores) across the country.
They also usually pay VERY little, unless they are highly specialized--such as plastic surgery in a remote, wealthy community (like some skiing towns in Colorado, for example).
In order to find what you are looking for, you'd have to just be at the right place at the right time, i.e. when a small practice recently lost their only RN employee is looking for a replacement. A very small practice would also need this RN to do a lot of the back-office work (paperwork, billing, sweeping the floor, ordering supplies, etc.) that might not be encountered in a larger facility.
Since what you are looking for would be small, they would not be hiring very many people, or very often, nor would they usually have a big budget for finding such a person (so they would be hard for YOU to find, in turn).
I'd suggest you stop in at some nearby, small, rural pratices and see what the docs (if they have time), or nurse staff there might advise you.
Check with your state medical association to see what they would suggest.
Last edit by sjoe on Mar 13, '03