Job interview clinical coordinator

  1. Hi! I just graduated and went to an open house recently. I received a call back from the facility about a clinical coordinator position in palliative care. I don't really know what this position entails. It sounds like a lot of clerical work, and I don't want to lose my patient care skills. Can anyone help me out?
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  3. by   BSNbeDONE
    As a new grad with ZERO experience, I would not accept that position if I were you (but I'm not in your shoes). You would probably be responsible for staff scheduling, patients' doctors appointments, supplemental staff fill-in for call-outs even if you're the one to fill in if no one else will come in, ensuring new-hires have the required credentials and that files are updated with renewals, immunizations, annual trainings/inservices, etc. I would definitely question the critical thinking skills of the manager who would hire a new grad in this position, especially with this brittle population, unless the manager is a new grad as well....then this decision, although questionable, would make sense. You will be the inexperienced scapegoat when families of dying patients lash out for whatever reason. Is there something in your pre-nursing background that has the employer believing you'd be the best candidate for the job? Do you think you can handle most of the above? To put it bluntly, I think this facility is desperate, and they know that you, as a new grad, have limited options available. Maybe someone else on this forum can shed a different light on the subject.

    Just my 2 cents...
  4. by   caliotter3
    Observed a clinical coordinator, or 'specialist', as they were called. This person walked around the office gossiping and cackling with the female office staff, and pushing around the weakling business manager. Highly doubt this behavior would be expected in your role. Look for something where you can develop nursing skills. You could probably already gossip in a pinch, no learning there.