Hi there... Just a quick perspective from the other side. I got into the (coding) field because I definitely didn't have a desire to work in direct patient care, but was still very interested in working in a medical field. In college we learn in-depth about anatomy, physiology, gastrointestinal, genitourinary and reproductive systems. Also pathology, oncology, diagnostic and special procedures, pharmacology, and medical terminology
. All the current coding systems as well, insurance billing, office management and administration, etc.
Instead of an "add-on", this is more of a specialized medical field. Salaries (in California) start at $35-40,000 and normally peak at around $65K with years of experience, management, and certifications.
If you had already been seeking a nursing career, this may not be for you. The people that get into this line of work, such as myself, are not interested in direct patient care.
Unless you are an RN with direct coding experience and have been certified in it with addition education, I understand why employers are unwilling to bump RNs to the front of the applicants. It's a different field. However, as an RN (or LVN, LPN, CNA, whatever) with the completion of an accredited program plus the industry's bare-minimum certs... then yes, you'd have a great chance.