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I am going to graduate from an RN program in a few weeks and have been offered two jobs so far. One is a surgical nurse position with great hours. The other is a a staff nurse position on a med/surg floor with crummy hours. My dilema is that if I take the surgical nurse position I may forget all the clinical skills I have learned in school. Can anyone give me some advise on this. I have heard from others that all graduate RNs should start on a med/surg floor to get the experience. What do you think.
Well, if you take the med/surg position you are going to forget all the OR/psych/rehab/L&D/dialysis stuff you learned in school.
I wouldn't worry to much about trying to get a broad experience base in the beginning. No matter where you go, you are not going to use every single skill set you learned in school. You are going to forget at least some of it.
Maybe med/surg is what you want to do or what you need to do to transition to a different section of nursing. Myself, I started out in Med/surg because that is what I wanted to do. I learned a lot and became interested in a specialty because of my experiences there. Other classmates went to the ER, L&D, OR, psych and are just as happy there. Getting a year of med/surg would not have necessarily benefited them.
There is so much more to nursing than general med/surg. Think about your future goals and what you want. Look at the pros and cons of those jobs. What does your heart tell you?