I am a new grad that just graduated in May of this year. This is my first job in the hospital setting. When I was looking for nursing jobs
post graduation, I decided I would start in Med surg because it was the thing to do, my teachers told me that's the best place to start, and was told "if you can work med surg, you can work anywhere". (I do believe that is true.) However, fast forward 2 months into my new job, I have never been so miserable. I've been told by many that the first year of nursing is just that, but med surg is not where my heart is. I am still on orientation, but my preceptors and supervisor agree that med surg is not my thing and that it doesn't fit my personality. They are working with me to find a better fit as a new grad in a different department. I am compassionate, a perfectionist, and I really do care for my patients, but I would like to focus on less patients at a time (hopefully less than 6 at a time) unlike med surg. I am good with my patients and I love learning, but find that floor nursing does not fit my personality because I was told am sweet, caring, but I need to be more assertive/confident as a new grad (which I agree). I like a more relaxed environment compared to the med surg environment without everyone running with their heads cut off, mean surgeons/docs, and rude patients and responding to their frequent, sometimes unreasonable demands (even tho I know I will find that everywhere). I realize Med surg isn't for me tho I am trying to still find my niche as a nurse and I feel like CCU, home health, hospice, or surgery/OR is up my ally. There is a currently job opening at a hospital that I am looking at for the OR, but I am just testing the waters and I am wondering what are the pros and cons of these units? Do you look forward to coming to work everyday? Any information is truly helpful to me! Thanks!
Thanks everyone for your input. I am looking for another job currently that will be slower paced. I believe nursing may not be for me.
Last edit by Joy4RN on Sep 15