Are there nurses out there that actually LIKE Med-Surg?

  1. I am quitting my surgical nursing job after 3 months to go back to critical care nursing. I honestly don't know how i lasted 3 months. I just don't understand how anyone can enjoy med-surg nursing. U are so busy running around like a mad-man/woman that you can't even give quality nursing care to your patients. UGGG!

    Are there any nurses out there that actually enjoy their med-surg job? I just can't see it.
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    About LeLeeFNP

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    Nurse Practitioner; from US
    Specialty: 6 year(s) of experience in ICU, CVICU, Surgical, LTAC

    23 Comments

  3. by   Virgo_RN
    Yes, there are. I am not one of them, but they are definitely out there!
  4. by   JBudd
    Yeah, I did it for 14 years or so. I liked taking care of my folks.
  5. by   MedSurgeMess
    Another m/s nurse here, and yes, I love it like crazy!
  6. by   Bortaz, RN
    Not me. I have respect for those that can do it, though.
  7. by   studentnurse2175
    Ive only been in med surg for four weeks and I'm still with a preceptor but I cant do it long term. Its like a train station the constant rushing in and rushing out. Busy, busy, busy, busy. Yesterday I had two discharges and two admissions plus my regular case load of insanity.

    All hail the med surg nurses out there who do it and love it. I am not one of them.
  8. by   Ahhphoey
    I did it for about 6 years (the last two prn) before finally giving up totally to work solely in ICU. I once did enjoy working there, but the stress of not being able to do a good job because of the increasing patient load and acuity of patients finally got to me. I often left work feeling like I forgot something or feeling guilty that I couldn't spend as much time as I wanted to with my patients because I had so many patients and so much charting on top of the high turnover of admissions and discharges. I love the fact that I'm at the bedside a lot more in ICU. Though I can't see myself ever going back to med-surg (unless I absolutely have to) I have a lot of respect for those nurses that work in med-surg. Its a hard job.
  9. by   BluegrassRN
    Yes, I love it. Maybe it's my facility's staffing, maybe it's just me, I don't know. I normally have plenty of time to provide quality care for my patients. I love my medical floor job, and can't see doing anything else.

    I think people who come from a more acute care setting have a very difficult time adjusting to the different level of acuity and staffing. People who are used to caring for 2 critically ill pts sometimes simply can't adjust to 4-6 acutely ill pts (even with an aide). It's a different mindset, with different priorities. This isn't a criticism, simply an observation. There's a lot of floating and trading between units in our hospital, and this is an issue among my friends who work ICU/stepdown and float or transfer to the med or surg floor. Even if you are aware and prepared for it, it is still a difficult transition.
  10. by   RiverNurse
    I am on a telemetry/med-surg floor - really a "catch all" floor. At this point in my career, I do like the work. The acuity is something at times and so is the patient load. However, it is a med -surg floor and patients typically do not require the intense focus that those in a critical care unit would. It is a matter of priority and teamwork and I have to say, over the past few months on my floor - it has improved significantly - and that makes all the difference.

    RiverNurse
  11. by   tokmom
    Yeah, I work with one gal that has a passion for it. For me, I got in a rut and have worked Med/Surg for 20 yrs. I got burned out on nursing and quit for 4 yrs. I would still be out, but a husband with medical issues forced me back. I swore if I EvEr went back, it would not be Med/Surg. It would be OB, where my true love is.:heartbeat
    Where am I? You guessed it.....med/surg. The only place I could get quick employment. To top it off, it's cardiac/tele as well. Never in my wildest dreams would I think I'd end up here and sort of......like it...(did I say that?) I think the staffing ratio and the nurses I work with make all the difference. It's true team work and I'm finally able to give decent care. It made me realize that it wasn't the type of nursing I was in, but the type of care I can give, that made all the difference for me. I'm now thinking of getting certified for Med/Surg.
  12. by   aileenve
    I have 15yrs of Med/surg; one thing that I like is every day is a different day; we see everything here and this is the place to get experience.
  13. by   TigerGalLE
    I've been a medsurg nurse for 3 years. My full time job is on a mainly medical floor. I now work prn on a mainly surgical floor. I can now say... I prefer medical patients over surgical patients. It is a busy place to work. Just wish med surg nurses were appreciated more.
  14. by   Piki
    I've been a medsurg nurse for 3 years. My full time job is on a mainly medical floor. I now work prn on a mainly surgical floor. I can now say... I prefer medical patients over surgical patients. It is a busy place to work. Just wish med surg nurses were appreciated more.
    Ditto except I work on a surgical floor and definitely prefer surgical patients over medical! We do get medical patients as well and of course many surgical patients come with many medical co-morbidities as well. I like post op nursing so much I started picking up prn time in our Outpatient Surgery unit. I'm also thinking about becoming certified in Med-Surg.

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