Question for commun. health folks


  • Specializes in Mostly: Occup Health; ER; Informatics.

I have a question for those of you in community health clinics, esp. if hospital-affiliated. Do you have a doctor or NP or PA in the clinic all the time? Do they see patients Q15 min. like in a private practice?

As a former ER nurse, I had a doctor present in the unit all the time, which was great. As a student nurse in a volunteer community clinic, we had one doc and a handful of 2nd-year med students present in the clinic. As an occ-health nurse, I don't even have one even on call (but then I seldom need one).

I continue to think about what I want to do when I grow up :) and fondly remember those two doc-nearby settings, even though I like the 100% autonomy of occ health. Please tell me about your clinic situation, so I have more info about what I might do next. Thanks!

wonderbee, BSN, RN

1 Article; 2,212 Posts

Specializes in critical care; community health; psych.

I'd say about half of our clinics have a doctor on the premises. Our health department is essentially nurse run with protocols for just about everything.

I work in the WIC setting. We don't have doctors at all. I'm the only nurse and my role is screening and education. I make limited referrals.

mizfradd, CNA

295 Posts

Specializes in med/surg, psych, public health. Has 11 years experience.

Our health dept. has 2 Dr.'s & 3 NP's (& numerous RN's). Yes, they see pt.'s Q15.

Public health depts. vary on their services & size depending on the population size & whether

the dept.'s are located in the city or rural areas.

See if you can shadow a nurse for a day or so at your local health dept., you might find your

niche is public health!


16 Posts

We have an FNP full time and our medical director comes one afternoon a week. Our patient assessments and treatments are done per standing orders. We are a small rural health dept.