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Question about IVF clinic job

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bailey27 bailey27 (New) New

Specializes in med/surg. Has 2 years experience.

Hi, I had a job interview for a clinic nurse position in fertility clinic yesterday. It is a very small clinic but everyone seems great. The commute is to DC M-F, about 1 hr -1.5 hr away, but then I can use metro which is not too bad. I was working as med/surge RN in the past (2yrs) and it is a very fast paced environment. I also afraid that if I take the job and work in clinic for a while then it would be hard again to get a job in hospital in the future. I guess my question is..Pros VS cons in this situation.

You're going to deal with a lot of emotions in the fertility clinic. People who haven't been able to get pregnant for years, people who have had many miscarriages... then on the flip side people who finally do get pregnant and have a child.

Did they confirm the M-F standard hours? I know when I was a patient at a clinic, they did egg retrievals on weekends, holidays, etc and there was always a nurse present.

So crazy, @bailey27...i'm in the same position. I've been a Med-Surg nurse for 2 years and I'm also interviewing for a IVF clinic this week. How was the interview process?

Pro's vs. Cons: I too work in a fast-paced unit. I wonder how different this would be. ?

I'm also scared that I wouldn't be able to find a hospital job afterwards either. Do you have the option of working per diem in an acute care setting? I'm considering that, I'm wondering if it's possible.

I don't know any RNs at IVF clinics... hopefully we'll get some posts fr RN's out there. I find the area really inspiring and I know really very little about it, it's such a subspecialty, they did not touch on it at my nursing school. I'm learn more.

I forgot to add that it's not the same position we're interviewing for... the opening I found is nowhere near Washington DC or the East Coast...

I think working in an IVF clinic would be a wonderful opportunity. I'm currently 5 months pregnant thanks to a wonderful doctor and nurse at an IVF clinic. I think the nurses at fertility clinics develop a unique set of skills that you don't have an opportunity to use in other settings. Quite a few of the procedures are performed by the nurses. All of my internal sonograms were done by the nurses. They also do IUIs and assist with all of the other procedures such as IVFs, ICSI, GIFT, etc.. All of the education about fertility meds, administering my injections, and other stuff was done by the nurses. The nurses at my fertility clinic love their jobs and have no desire to return to work in a hospital setting. I talked to them about it while I was going through treatments. I think you'll find that you will stay busy at an IVF clinic, but it certainly isn't the pace that you will find on a med surg floor. As another person said, there are A LOT of emotions involved, but I think you find that in all areas of nursing. As one person mentioned, I wouldn't count on working just 9-5 M-F, depending on the clinic. EVERY single thing in fertility treatments is monitored and timed specifically for each person. Many of the meds are timed according to a patient's cycle, and the procedures are performed within a very narrow window. This window can involve hours, not days. So, that means that many clinics do procedures on weekends because if they don't, it can ruin a patient's opportunity to conceive for that month. If you get an opportunity to work in a fertility clinic, I think you would find it very rewarding. I would jump at the chance. I don't think it would be difficult to move into another area of nursing later. Other nurses do that. Anyway, I just wanted to put in my two cents. Good luck with your interview. What a great opportunity.

I was also interviewed for an IVF nurse position. I am a new RN-BSN grad. The hiring manager asked what I would like for starting salary. Would an IVF nurse be able to shed some light on what the starting pay should be? This is in the northern virginia, DC area. Thank you!

I was also interviewed for an IVF nurse position. I am a new RN-BSN grad. The hiring manager asked what I would like for starting salary. Would an IVF nurse be able to shed some light on what the starting pay should be? This is in the northern virginia, DC area. Thank you!

Did you get/take the job? I interviewed at a fertility clinic today and I really hope I get it! It's an area of nursing I'm really interested in!