Can someone explain the differences or similarities between working on med/surge vs tele?
I have worked in med/surge before and it's just not my cup of tea. i have an interest in cardiology, so I'm thinking about applying for a tele position. As you all know, in med surge we do gazillion things during the shift....pass out meds, turn patients q2h, measure I/O, do catheterizations, change wound dressings, draw labs, feed pts when PCA's are not avaiilable...all of this can get overwhelimingly impossible, especially when we are a new RN...
Do telemetry nurses also have to do all of the above things that I mentioned? or do they just concentrate on the "cardiac" aspect of care? Can someone share some feedback on this? I just want to know what to expect if I go into telemetry.
Thank you so much,