Experience in Med/Surg or not? - page 3

I know they always say to get a year or a couple years of experience in Med/Surg, and I am NO WHERE near deciding where I want to work yet, but I was just wondering something. Now I know they say... Read More

  1. by   4tnerzwife
    I am fortunate enough to have 3 rotations in med/surg. I can honestly say that I have learned the most on these units. This is why I chose to try critical care instead on NICU for my role transition. I agree that it will easier to transition from critical care into peds than vice versa.
  2. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from West_Coast_Ken
    No kidding! I smile to myself when I hear this comment. Who made the rule that only in med/surg can one learn critical thinking, prioritization and time management?

    I'd hate to be in an area I didn't want to be in and was just using to go into something else as soon as I could. That's not fair to the med/surg RNs, the pts or me!
    Seeing this, I think I want to clarify my post. I don't know that most students today are directed to do M/S first "or else"; there is way too much opportunity in nursing to be singly-focused. However, that said, there really CAN be a limit to what your opportunities are if you don't have any M/S background beyond what you learned in school clinicals. If your chosen area of employment happens to be one in which a M/S background is desirable, preferred (or required), it might help to look at M/S now (while you're still in school) as an opportunity rather than a pit of despair to be avoided

    See, when I was in school and doing clinical rotations, I changed my mind after EVERY rotation about "what I wanted to be when I grew up" <grin>! I liked or disliked something about every area I visited and worked in. The one thing I was SURE of, though, was that I absolutely hated M/S: all those tubes and drains and weird mechanisms....ick, not for me. I had decided back then that M/S was NOT important as a start in nursing, since there were so many who told me I could gain plenty of experience in other fields. I, too, didn't "buy into" the idea that M/S was so necessary.

    Fast forward a couple of years, and now I feel it's important to let those who are still in school know that while it's not MANDATORY, it sure as heck is an incredible training ground for absolutely anything else you might want to do. Want to work in psych? Great! But don't expect you're not going to have a psych patient with M/S issues...I applied at a hospital with a great psych unit but they, too, preferred applicants with M/S experience as they were a self-contained unit and they definitely had those patients.

    I just hope you see the point here: don't close off a M/S opportunity simply because you don't think you'd like it, or think you'd like something else better (but you'd have to wait for an opening there). I thought I'd just survive M/S, and now I really love it Like someone's tagline here says, only the foolish and the dead are not open to opinion changes
  3. by   rninme
    Quote from West_Coast_Ken
    So they require experience for other specialties but will take someone with no experience into the specialty called med/surg? That makes no sense.

    I've decided I'm going directly into what I want if I can find a position, of course, etc. I learned a long time ago to go for what you want and to not dance around. Life is way too short.

    LOL....I've never seen a nurse put on a med/surg unit without 6-12 weeks of orientation....depending on past experience, skill level, etc. I am NOT a med/surg nurse...I work ICU and ED....if I get floated to m/s....they have to drag me there. I have enormous respect for the nurses that work there full-time....because I could not do it.

    Good luck to you....hope you are able to go directly to your area of interest after you graduate.

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