My first job as an LPN was very similar to the above poster- float in Primary Care & urgent care clinic on weekends.I loved it. Our urgent care clinic was an extension of the primary care clinic so we used the same computer system & the same facilities. We had one doctor & 2 nurses & saw around 25 patients during our 8 hour shift. I learned so much. Of course we mainly saw patients with UTIs, URIs, migraines, strep, tetanus shots, reading TB tests, and minor injuries(falls, lacerations, etc). The serious cases were advised to go to the ER or sent there by us. I also took triage phone calls, dealt with nursing home calls & faxes (our on-call doc was the one who worked urgent care ) and sent prescription refill requests to the various doctor's worklists. For the first year or so I worked with a RN but we both did everything, although when possible, I let her take care of the triage calls. When she left, they hired a MA to work with me & that was ok too although I then did all the triage work. As far as orientation goes, I worked many days in the primary care clinic before I got to work the urgent care clinic & then they assigned a third nurse for a few weekends.
I no longer work in urgent care. A position with a provider opened up in the clinic &, since it meant no longer floating & full time work, I jumped at the chance. At the same time our system decided to change how the urgent care clinic was run. It was no longer staffed by our doctors (something they really appreciated!) & moved to a separate area of our building. I have to admit that I don't miss working weekends.
I agree that good co-workers & adequate orientation will make or break it for you. I was fortunate that we had excellent workers in scheduling, records, the lab, x-ray, nursing, & doctors. I worked with 10 different doctors.