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    ENT/Allergy Nursing - what is it like?

    I have been working for an asthma/allergy/immunology practice for just over a year. I needed something with fairly regular hours and without too much stress. I have young children and could not do the day/night rotation and weekend thing anymore!! This is what I do at work: give allergy shots, allergy testing (scratch tests and intradermal tests), oral challenges (patient eats increasing amounts of whatever you are testing for while being monitored), room patients (take vitals, review meds, document symptoms/problems), spirometry, immunizations (flu shot challenges, immunizations for immunology patients), nebulizer treatments, lots of teaching on things such as inhalers, epi-pen, allergy avoidance, etc. We also do a lot of phone triage and things like school forms, prior auths, prescription refills, etc. Like the poster above said, it is not as good pay as the hospital but it works for me. Good luck!
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    Can you work part-time in a dr's office?

    I work part time in a dr office and I am an RN. I work 3 days/week and I love it!
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    Do Other Professionals Skip Restroom Breaks And Meals?

    The difference between nursing and waitressing, retail, and many other jobs that cater to clients is that in nursing if you make a mistake b/c you are so tired and hungry, you can hurt or even kill someone. I don't think comparing nursing to waitressing devalues nursing. I just don't think it is a fair comparison. If a waitress screws up your order, you send it back or eat something you didn't order. If a nurse hangs the wrong med, most likely the patient won't even know and it could cause permanent harm. And the original poster asked if nurses were the only "professionals" who skip breaks, not the only "job". Big difference. My "a-ha" moment came in the mid-'90's when I was taking care of a lot of patients with AIDS. I was on hour 10 without a break or food. I was giving an IV push med to a young man who was actively dying of AIDS and my hand was shaking b/c I was so hungry. The patient's mom asked if I was nervous about something. I said "No, I haven't had a chance to eat." She said "They let you take care of patients in that condition?" Good point!! I had always thought of it as not being fair to ME, but she saw a nurse with a shaking hand taking care of her terminally ill son. She saw it as not being fair to HIM. She was right.
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    Do Other Professionals Skip Restroom Breaks And Meals?

    So if you have time to take a pee break but not enough time to eat properly during a 12 hour shift that is OK? Reading many responses, that seems to be the mindset. Nurses are supposed to be professionals. We are not waitresses, coal miners or truck drivers. There is nothing wrong with those jobs or the people who do them. However, you do not have to go to go to college and pass boards to work in a coal mine. Yes, there are times physicians do not have time to eat or pee. But that is not a regular, everyday occurrence for MOST of them. Other professionals would not put up with not eating a meal for 12 hours and eating a protein bar on the go is not a meal. I have worked with so many nurses who have a mindset that if they leave the floor or take a break, somehow their patients are not going to be taken care of or that everything will fall apart if they are not there. Get over yourself!! I personally would not want to be taken care of by someone who has not sat down or eaten a meal in 10 hours. No thanks, I'll take the nurse who had a break and ate a meal. Unfortunately, the culture in nursing is that we can't take a break longer than 2 minutes, which is evidenced in the responses to this post. As long as that is the case, it will never change and that's why I left bedside nursing. I am worth more than that and the patients are worth more than that.
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    I must agree. I used to work on a BMT unit. I much preferred the autologous transplants because the patients getting allogeneic transplants would get SO SICK and when they got GVHD it was an awful way to die. On a side note, we were told that a "little GVHD" was good because it had an anti-tumor effect. Unfortunately, many patients had more than a little.
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    New Graduate RN in Maryland

    Have you tried Craigs List, Careerbuilder, Washington Post Jobs? I am an RN returning to work after 12 years. I was having a very difficult time finding a job, even after taking a refresher course. I finally found one on Craigs List. (I live in NOVA). Good Luck. It is tough out there.