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transitioning from acute setting to ambulatory

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by thomas76 thomas76 (Member)

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I have worked in a hospital environment for over 15 years. I recently got an offer to work at a family medicine center nearby. I am nervous and excited at the same time. Its 5 days a week, with no holidays and weekends as opposed to 12 hour shifts in the hospital. Iam wondering those who have made this transition are you happy with this change? And what's a typical day at this type of outpatient center? thanks for all your input. 

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TriciaJ has 35 years experience as a RN and works as a Retired.

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It's still very busy and hectic, but most patients arrive on their own two feet and leave the same way.  There'll be a lot of variety and don't mothball your critical thinking skills just yet.

The schedule will put you back in sync with the rest of the world.  You won't have to wonder if it's your turn to have Christmas off this year.

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advicenurse1 has 20 years experience as a ADN, BSN, RN.

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As a nurse who worked bedside nursing for about 10 years, ambulatory nursing is definitely my niche. No call lights going off, no bedpans, no incontinence care, I don't have to worry if I'll get the pt who is on the call light all day and best of all...no weekends, nights or holidays! I don't have to worry if I'll get xmas or thanksgiving off this year because" we are closed"! Never thought I would ever say those words in nursing. It gets busy but not hospital busy. You'll love it and wonder why you didn't make the move sooner.

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