I need a nurse for our allergy and immunology clinic. My longtime nurse, Shanna, left our clinic last week to pursue a really unique opportunity for her that I'm sure she'll do really well in. Consequently, I am left with the task of filling her shoes. But I'm up for it.
I have posted job openings in the past online in the usual places. I may well do so again. But the first thing I'm going to do this time around is this job post blog. Part of it is for me, helping me form my thoughts to coalesce into exactly what I'm looking for. But most of it is for potential job seekers to see. I don't want to waste anyone's time, your's or mine, if you are not a good fit for this clinic.
I am an allergist and immunologist; and I run the full gambit of all things allergy and immunology. This includes a lot of nasal allergies and a lot of asthma - stuff you would see in a "run of the mill" allergy clinic. But we do things a little differently here as well. I have a keen interest in primary immunodeficiency diseases and prescribe a fair bit of immunoglobulin therapy. We are also at the cutting edge of food allergy. Avoidance is no longer the only option in my mind for some of our food allergic patients. Oral immunotherapy for food allergies is breaking barriers and allowing patients to safely consume foods that once could've been deadly. It frees these patients to live life without fear; and it is remarkable.
In this clinic, we are in the business of improving quality of life. No one has ever died of nasal allergies, but people with nasal allergies can be miserable (trust me - personal experience here). These allergies lead to absenteeism (also not to mention what I call presenteeism) in their work and social lives and just can make people feel so cruddy. We can help with that though, either through medications or allergy injections or both. Asthma is a cruel disease as well - sometimes life threatening but more so life limiting. Breathing is not optional. But, we can make people breath more easily without wheezing or coughing. We can allow someone to exercise in the open air, when in the past they would've been wheezing within five minutes. That is remarkably gratifying.
Because of immunotherapy, both the traditional subcutaneous immunotherapy for inhalant allergens and now oral immunotherapy for food allergens, you get to forge amazingly strong relationships with patients. You see these people every week. You learn about their lives and what is going on in their work, etc...Maybe that is not for you but maybe it is. It is not that you just see them once and are done. It is not that you just see them once a year or every six months and take their vitals or enter their meds in the computer. These people are your patients. It is your relationship with them (not just mine). It is your encouragement and cheering that helps to keep them coming in week after week, getting on with the business of immunotherapy, because let me tell you, it is not fun. It is such a huge time commitment for these patients, and to have someone friendly who knows them in the injection room; that means something to them. When Shanna told me she was leaving, my shot patients were the first people I thought of.
As with most outpatient clinics I expect, it is not just about direct patient care (unfortunately). There is also considerable amount of time on the phone with insurance companies obtaining prior authorizations for procedures and medications. Not fun, admittedly.
Also, with allergy clinics there are new things to learn. Along with learning the intricacies of allergy shot protocols and dose adjustments and how to treat allergic reactions comes how to do skin testing, and how to do pulmonary function testing and exhaled nitric oxide testing. We do a lot of oral challenges here and a fair bit of drug desensitizations (especially for AERD). Obviously knowing how to do these procedures would be a huge bonus but we can train the right person. What I care most about is intelligence and enthusiasm about your job. If you have those qualities nothing else really matters.
I am looking for a nurse, whether that is an ADN, BSN or LPN doesn't matter to me really. What matters to me are the qualities above. I want someone who values relationships with patients, who is intelligent, who is energetic and charismatic, and someone who values patient education. I want someone who wants to work with both adults and kids with allergies and asthma and immunologic disease. I want someone who wants to help me make this the best allergic clinic it can be. Here, you will be a part of the team and will be integral to what we do on a daily basis. You help decide how we do things. You have a say (a big say). You matter here and are not just another worker bee.
I think that's all I have. If you're interested, fill out this form by clicking here.
I look forward to (hopefully) working with you.