If you’re looking at starting a career in healthcare, you might be interested in what it’s like to work in an urgent care clinic. These healthcare facilities typically handle walk-in patients who need anything from COVID-19 testing to x-rays following an injury.
This video shows what it’s like to be a nurse practitioner in an urgent care facility. The host, Ellaine, talks about her typical day of work. Since all of her patients walk into the clinic without appointments, she doesn’t know whether to expect a full, busy day of work or a slow day with many gaps between patients.
She helps patients with all kinds of minor illnesses or injuries.
Some of the illnesses she treats include poison ivy exposure, dehydration, rashes, minor allergic reactions, asthma attacks, ear infections, and pink eye. She also can treat minor eye injuries, sports injuries, minor burns, and dislocations. Some patients also come in for routine services like IV hydration, abscess drainage, physicals, and TB tests.
The job can be somewhat stressful at times due to the huge variance in workflow and the lack of continuity between patients. You never know what you should expect to be doing, but some people appreciate that about working somewhere like an urgent care in Puyallup.