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Hospital to Urgent Care

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by Erindipitous Erindipitous (New) New

Specializes in Labor and Delivery; Neurosciences. Has 6 years experience.

After six years of nursing experience in Neuro, L&D and Maternal Child, I have accepted a position at an Urgent Care center.  Has anyone else made the transition from hospital to Urgent Care, and are you happy with your decision?  I feel like five 7-hour shifts per week and not having to do the overnights will improve my sleep and work-life balance as well as my mental/emotional and physical health..  But with any change, I’m a little nervous.. Just wanted to hear experiences from others!

Thank you in advance! (And I apologize if something similar has been posted before, I searched the best I could!)

mango123

Has 2 years experience.

Hi! Just curious about your urgent care experience. I'm in a similar situation right now. 

Mickey9700, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, PICU, Pediatric Urgent Care. Has 13 years experience.

Hi, 

It's been a while, hope all is well if you are working.

I worked in the PICU for about 5 years, then did some Home Care and I've been in Peds Urgent Care about 3 years. I'll tell you one thing, the acuity level is not even close. Yes, you'll get anaphalaxsis, asthma attacks, bad lacerations, etc., but guess what? You do what you can do and then send them to the hospital. Mostly you triage, give basic meds, assist the Dr., (You DO still assess and educate and discharge). In some places they do bloods and IVs. Most places do Covid Testing, Strep Tests, Urine Testing, etc. Some, depending on the company will do Flu shots, school physicals (mine doesn't). If you have an MA, they can do EKG's. It's a world of difference. My office is open 12-12 every day, I work 4 10 hour days.

Usually the pay isn't close to the hospital as well. 

 

 

On 8/10/2021 at 7:22 PM, Mickey9700 said:

Hi, 

It's been a while, hope all is well if you are working.

I worked in the PICU for about 5 years, then did some Home Care and I've been in Peds Urgent Care about 3 years. I'll tell you one thing, the acuity level is not even close. Yes, you'll get anaphalaxsis, asthma attacks, bad lacerations, etc., but guess what? You do what you can do and then send them to the hospital. Mostly you triage, give basic meds, assist the Dr., (You DO still assess and educate and discharge). In some places they do bloods and IVs. Most places do Covid Testing, Strep Tests, Urine Testing, etc. Some, depending on the company will do Flu shots, school physicals (mine doesn't). If you have an MA, they can do EKG's. It's a world of difference. My office is open 12-12 every day, I work 4 10 hour days.

Usually the pay isn't close to the hospital as well. 

 

 

Trying to financially prepare for a pay cut.

Curious how different the pay is between urgent care and outpatient clinic. I've requested a higher pay from current hospital base pay when applying to urgent care. No offer yet, and the benefits are super expensive from what I currently pay.

My current org has been up front that any transfer to outpatient clinic would be a pay cut. On paper it seems like I'd still come out ahead after benefits/taxes are taken out.

My family thinks I'm crazy for considering a pay cut. They think I should go with urgent care even if it's same wage despite the increase cost in benefits.  I think the reduce pay and same cost in benefits is the better option.