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Wound Clinic for new grad?

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by 7237dallas 7237dallas (Member) Member

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Hello everyone! After 6 months of working nights on a step-down and surgical floor I asked my supervisor if he would consent to me switching departments for a day position. My body just is not built for nights and I started to feel depressed due to the lack of sleep. He gladly consented and I was offered a PRN position at the wound clinic. They are swamped and the manager said I could pretty much work when I want. I'm wanting to go back to school and start on my bachelors so this seems to work out nicely, but the manager said she wasn't sure if I'd get offered more per hour since I wouldn't qualify for benefits with it being a PRN position. This hospital offers tuition reimbursement and loan forgiveness which is what I'd be wanting to go back to school. I'm waiting to hear from the recruiter today because if I'm not able to qualify for the reimbursement then I'm not sure I'll accept it. Also, being a new grad with only 6 months experience, do you think it's a good idea to switch to wound clinic so soon? I know I'll learn a lot but will it still be considered good experience when I'm ready to continue elsewhere? I don't think I'll want to stay in wound care forever, but I haven't started so I'm not sure. I did shadow one day and it was very interesting. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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I had about a year of med-surg experience and just switched to a wound clinic. There is a lot to learn, and I love it. If you get your BSN, you can get certified as an ostomy nurse and perform cares in a variety of settings. I am thrilled for this opportunity and it's more in line with my interests. I'm happy I found this opportunity as clinic jobs are more challenging to find in my area...I knew med-surg was not for me. And I believe this field is very relevant and beneficial for future interests. However if you are interested in mental health nursing or nicu or ob, this may not be your best move.

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Eagle2110 has 5 years experience as a ADN, BSN, CNM and specializes in Wound Care.

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What is your main interest? Do you know what you want to do next? My first nursing job was as a treatment nurse for a year plus, I had no problems landing offers in other specialties after. I now work in a wound care center and i still use skills not always directly related to wound care ( IVs, Trachs, Foley's, medications); many of our patients are complex and/ or bedbound, which means we may have to address other issues while they are in our care.

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I have no certain area that I "must" work in. I'm just taking it all in and learning as much as I can. The clinic hours are nice since I have children in sports and have to help with their homework. I'd eventually like to go into pacu or hospice. I just don't want to pigeon-hole myself in the event I want to change specialties. Thanks for the replies. They called back and I will still qualify for tuition reimbursement so I'm going to enroll in a couple classes to start on my BSN.

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