I just want to start by saying that I know how lucky I am to have found a job right out of school and a day shift job to top it all off. But I've started my 1st nursing job on a very busy med surg floor, with high staff to patient ratios (6:1) and sometimes we have no CNA's or very little help on the floor. I knew med surg wasn't what I wanted to do with my nursing career but I feel like there is nothing else out there. All through school I wanted to do L&D and now I've been 2nd guessing nursing all together, I feel overwhelmed all the time and very unhappy. It takes alot out of me to just go to work. I need some advice on where and what to do next.
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I really believe that med-surg is one of the hardest nursing jobs out there. Patient ratios are high. Patient turnover is high (discharge, admit, repeat). Patients have a HUGE variety of diagnoses and co-morbidities with which you must be familiar. There are a jillion meds to give, patients coming and going for procedures, teaching to do and psychosocial needs to address (hopefully before they "blow-up").You haven't said how long you've been working, but since you refer to yourself as a new grad, i'm assuming it's only a couple/few/several months. The first year of nursing is hard for almost everyone. It's sweet that you are grateful for your job, but it's okay for you to be unhappy. It's very hard AND you're not doing the job you desire.Stick it out for that magic year, then get into the specialty area that pleases you. When I found my niche, everything fell into to place and I loved going to work.
Awesome advice!!!! <3
I too am coming up on my first year, but im on a cardiac step-down unit (5:1) and I love it. However, ive been turned on to ICU recently. Funny considering ICU used to terrify me. I did med-surg for years as a CNA. So I avoided it like a plague.
There are so many other fields! Stick it out and you'll find your home!!
Last edit by qdiva411 on Feb 4, '13