How did you choose the area of nursing - page 2

that you ended up in? Did you always know that it was what you wanted to do, did you just have an epiphany in clinical or was it just by chance of what was offered? or, some other reason? ... Read More

  1. by   me5115
    every nurse needs med/surg experience. you need to learn how to prioritize pt care. time management and the foundation of your nursing skills are really trully learned in a med/surge environment. i lucked out by starting in a small community hospital. our med/surge floor held everything tele, post op, orthos, pallitive etc. it was for the most part a good experience, all though some nights i came home crying....12 pts is just too much!! now im working in a cancer clinic wich is what i went to nursing school for. but the 2 years med/surge are a must to be a well rounded nurse.
  2. by   KellNY
    Quote from me5115
    every nurse needs med/surg experience. you need to learn how to prioritize pt care. time management and the foundation of your nursing skills are really trully learned in a med/surge environment. ......
    i but the 2 years med/surge are a must to be a well rounded nurse.
    don't tell anyone what they need. it's not only terribly rude, but highly inaccurate.

    i didn't do med surg and have no time management issues. i am very well rounded as well, thankyouverymuch. the same is true for many of us here, and your above statement is quite out of line.

    med/surg background can be very helpful, and many (not all) new grads would benefit from it. but it is in no way necessary or a must.
  3. by   neeniebean
    Quote from me5115
    every nurse needs med/surg experience. you need to learn how to prioritize pt care. time management and the foundation of your nursing skills are really trully learned in a med/surge environment. i lucked out by starting in a small community hospital. our med/surge floor held everything tele, post op, orthos, pallitive etc. it was for the most part a good experience, all though some nights i came home crying....12 pts is just too much!! now im working in a cancer clinic wich is what i went to nursing school for. but the 2 years med/surge are a must to be a well rounded nurse.

    i can understand med/surg being beneficial as a foundation for most areas of nursing, but in the ones that i was considering, i've heard the opposite. when i rotated in peds, the nurses on that floor said that they went directly into peds b/c working on adults was so different, that kids weren't just 'smaller adults' and that it could be more confusing if you learned on adults first. then i also heard that med/surg wouldnt be all that beneficial for ob/l&d because that, too, was such a different type of nursing. so, i can understand that it can serve as a good foundation for many areas, but i don't think that a blanket statement can really be made here.

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