Are any new grads going to med-surg - page 4

I'm a new grad and decided to go to a pediatric med-surg unit. Everyone that I've talked to from my school is pretty much going to a specialty unit. I'm being to think that maybe I should have picked... Read More

  1. by   Nana1206
    I am a new grad who just started in med-surg. My greatest motivation came from most of my nursing instructors, who told me "before going into any 'specialty', you should get at least a year of med-surg experience." The Nursing Manager of my department has confirmed this: she stated that she had been told by many nurses who evacuated for Katrina, that they were less able to get jobs elsewhere if they did not have med-surg experience. I hear it is an arguable subject, however, my instructors are great teachers, nurses, and just great people...and I believe them. It is very busy on my unit and so far, I look forward to each challenge each day.
  2. by   islandgirl97
    Hmm..I've slowly come to the realization that ICUs have it easier..lol...patients may be sicker (but if you think about it these days, NOT MUCH) but at least you have time to sit down. My classmates and I discussed that really it seems these days med-surg is the harder specialty! It's all about that slow-changing image....!! I just interviewed for a medical oncology spot at the VA even though I'm doing my preceptorship in heart transplant....it just gets monotonous and..well BORING!
  3. by   RNfaster
    I am just preparing to begin nursing school, and have penciled out my plans to be ADN > RN to BSN --hopefully while working in ICU (need two years in ICU before CRNA school I have my sights set on will look at you) > CRNA.

    I am working as a nurse assistant on a Med-Surg unit, and it makes sense to me that a nurse would become very well rounded there. If my long-term goal is the CRNA (albeit via the path of the ICU), am I trying to move too fast? --Will the Med-Surg experience be a critical factor in my success as an ICU nurse? --Thank you.
  4. by   Paleobug
    After 5 months working as a nurse in med/surg, I want to work where the patient's don't give you a hard time.
  5. by   meandragonbrett
    Quote from islandgirl97
    Hmm..I've slowly come to the realization that ICUs have it easier..lol...patients may be sicker (but if you think about it these days, NOT MUCH) but at least you have time to sit down. My classmates and I discussed that really it seems these days med-surg is the harder specialty! It's all about that slow-changing image....!! I just interviewed for a medical oncology spot at the VA even though I'm doing my preceptorship in heart transplant....it just gets monotonous and..well BORING!
    ICU is not alway slow and easier than med/surg. It all depends on if you are working in a mixed service ICU or if it's a highly specialized ICU...such as CVICU or a CardioPulmonary Transplant ICU. Hearts and Lungs are very routine and can be boring until a pt has a MI, needs their chest cracked at the bedside, or IABP isertion at bedside. Trauma ICU and SICU aren't as routine and you have a wider variety of multi-organ system failure. You don't have time to sit when you're doing fluid resus on one patient and the other one next door decides to to spike a temp, have a MI, a seizure, etc.

    Just my $.02

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