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Has anyone spent their nursing career doing outpatient nursing? I’ve done the bedside for almost a year and I’ve realized it’s not where I want to be. Can you guys tell me if you liked outpatient? What’s your story with nursing?


August 5th, 2022

Hey! I worked bedside in critical care for 5 years and after the first wave of covid in Spring 2020 I decided I needed to leave the bedside for my own mental health. The burn out was REAL. Even before covid hit I was unsatisfied for a long time but felt (wrongly) that I would be 'wasting my skills' if I left bedside and critical care behind. Just want to say loud and clear: Do what's best for YOU and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. I had a lot of colleagues react inappropriately to my wanting to leave. I heard things like, "You're too young to retire," and "Why would you leave here when you have so much going for you?" Ignore these people. When I left critical care I went to an outpatient endoscopy suite and it was a good transition for me. Over time I did get bored because it felt very monotonous; especially after working in such a complex environment. Also staff morale became low due to poor staffing and other issues (some pitfalls of inpatient do occur in outpatient, too.) I'm now looking for a work-from-home position because that's what will work best for my life and wellbeing. Ask a ton of questions in your interviews and be clear about what you are looking for. Best of luck!!!!!!

August 5th, 2022

I was bedside for 6 months and left to go clinic. I’ve had a fulfilling experience doing moderate sedation under the direction of MD for colonoscopies, I’ve assisted in clinic procedures for cyst or lipoma removals, I’ve removed and replace wound vacs and have a lot of wound care experience as a result. I also gained a lot of surgical understanding from it, Ala what causes X and why they need it removed, how long it takes, the different approaches, and recovery. I have a lot of experience with giving patients results (after reviewed by APN/PA-C/MD) and have gained understanding of that in endocrine and colorectal as well. I also work directly with attendings! No more going through the ranks but I’ve also gained a very close relationship with the attendings, residents, and medical students. I wouldn’t go back to bedside ever bc there are so many different areas of nursing but we’re basically given the idea our worth is only bedside from tv, movies, school even-which is simply untrue. I’ve been a nurse for 6 years and 5.5 years have been outpatient surgery clinical. Take the leap of faith, you’ll love it!

August 5th, 2022

I did LTC, Inpatient and currently outpatient. Outpatient is not comparable to Inpatient at all. Its alot of triage and paperwork. The hours are better in tbe sense of normal work life, five 8 hour days is probably the most common. I do miss bedside at times because I personally felt like I was helping my patients more, along with 3 days on and 4 off and pay is worse in outpatient. With that being said, I could never leave my outpatient team, they are the best work family including my docs and most of the patients are appreciative.

August 5th, 2022

I did clinic nursing for 10 years. I loved it for awhile. It is a very different kind of busy. It’s a lot of paperwork and phone calls. I loved having a long term connection with my patients

August 5th, 2022

I have been a nurse a little over a year and started at bedside in med-surg. I was certain that I would be doing outpatient once I got experience. Then I tried doing outpatient my second year as a nurse, and even tried school nursing which I thought was the dream job. I quickly discovered that I disliked working mon-fri and driving through traffic. I tried getting a job a little closer to home to avoid traffic, but I took a huge pay cut. Working outpatient started to really feel like it was not the best fit for me. I like to do my three 12 hour shifts and have days during the week to run errands. I also like the ability to pick up shifts or OT when needed. The outpatient facilities are great, just sort of the same day on repeat five days a week. It wasn't my cup of tea and I was shocked I would even feel that way about it.