Stay with it! There will be days (and weeks) from hell, but the experience in Med/Surg is very helpful in all areas of patient care. After a year or two in Med/Surg, the doors will open to other areas more easily.
I started out as a float nurse, doing mostly med/surg, then some Telemetry and Pediatrics. After that I switched to ICU/Telemetry, then on to the ER (my real ambition was, and is, ER nursing). During those few years, I maintained my ACLS and PALS, as well as continued to work as an EMT (local Fire Department ambulance) at the Critical Care level.
I recently switched to a different hospital, and am really enjoying it. All of this began with a decision at age 40 to change careers.
One thing that helped me through the tough times was maintaining a sense of humor.Another thing was the knowledge that, if I ever grew to really hate nursing, I am able to do other things (all of us are able to do other things). This takes the stress out of it. Be of good cheer
, and (most) others will follow your lead; otherwise, they will wonder what you are up to.
By the way, I avoided all the political garbage that went on within the hospital, and never "wrote up" anybody nor conducted 'witch hunts' to find somebody to write up
(why is it that, if you do something wrong, you are written up, but if you do something right, you are never written down?:confused