Oh my ....Where to begin...I worked yesterday evening for a nurse(4 - 11:30 pm, I usually work days) and was assigned to be the shot nurse. I had 2 other RN's that pitched in when I needed help. Lots of toradol shots!! In all wasn't bad.
Ok, the check in process...everything is on the computer, well almost. Patient's are checked in, the name appears under the providers name on our computers, if they are there for an appt., or under the team leaders name if for an RN visit. If I see the patient I am able to change the patient to me as the provider. But even though they are on the computer we still get a check in paper!! However.......if a patient presents with an emergent problem, chest pain, sob, they come right in red flagged and are screened and taken care of right away. It gets tricky when several emergencies all at once!!
Yeah, there is a pretty large staff, mostly on the day shift with one RN that comes in at 11:00 am leaves at 7:30 pm.
Screening.....that goes fairly quickly...if they need care right away we get the mentor MD to give orders for treatment; if not we get them in for a sameday appt. (But if they are coming in for a shot or dressing changes we are able to check in the computer for the orders.)These go faster than a speeding bullet!
Wow, 12 hour shifts.....they had this dept on 12 hours just before I came and abandoned them for 8 and 7 hour shifts. I'm on a 7 hour shift. Wish it were 8. I think it's the per diem pay issue.
Yes, yes, I like Urgent Care. In the early 90's I was the lead RN in the Adult After hours urgent care when I lived in Los Angeles. Worked the 5-2AM shift while I finished my BSN. Then left it to work in Home Health. Never really liked Home Health. Too much paper work. After 14 years there, 4 years in the clinics, FP and IM, here I am back home!!
I'm wondering.....why do patients in your uc fill out papers when they are checked in? Or is this just for the new patients?
Illinoisnurse, your clinic UC sounds so nice. would like to hear more about it!