I did the transition ok. It took some getting used too and using skills you weren't before. Just stake it slow ad use your orientation to the max.
Jun 11, '02
I did it. When I started nursing in 1995, there were NO hospital jobs. LTC was the only option. I got a med-surg job in 1996. There is a world of difference but it can be done. Like NurseLady said, use your orientation to the max, ask questions, and don't expect to be super-nurse too soon...it'll take at least six months before you feel some level of comfort.
I'm glad I made the change. I worked 3 years in med-surg and have been in ICU ever since. I have a great deal of respect for nurses who work in LTC and admire their dedication to their residents. But I do love the hospital atmosphere and the controlled frenzy of the ICU is great!