I have been a nurse for 4 years now. started out in cardiac stepdown, did some oncology but cont with cardiac care. for the last year i have been a travel nurse with some bad experiences. recently i have decided to stay in sunny san diego (getting married) and applied for a job through a contractor at a military facility. it took about 2 months for the paperwork to come through and i started working last week. i chose this job becuase its mon-fri 8-4, great benefits, perks, 10 min commute.
I am very dissapointed. when I toured the facility 3 mo ago, it seemed very busy and I was told by the head nurse ( who is now deployed) that is was a very busy clinic and they desperatly needed 2 RNs. there are about 50-60 military personnel here who are medics and do several duties. so far i have noticed that the RN duties are to handle the phone consults (40 a day on average) and the walkins (since i started 4-5 a day average) for rx refills and pregnancy tests.
I am battling the idea that this job might be for me. one moment i think i am jumping the gun, its too early to know. the next moment i cant stand the fact that i am just going to be stting around waiting for patients to show up for me to do something. i have a feeling that there reallyisnt a need for 2 nurses, just one strong one and they already have one.
I am aware that the trasition from inpatient to outpatient can be difficult, but i am just not the type of person to sit around. i did an ssignment at one clinic where i had to answer about 100 calls a day and also see patients that needed procedures.
basically what i am trying to say is that i need a challenge i want a permanent job with collegues, some kind of routine. some might feel ok taking it easy, not doing much. i cant materialze patients for me to see, if this is the flow i cant change it, and there is only so much work i can request to do and they can give me.
thank you in advance for your suggestions.