Thanks for all of the replies!
So it seems the consensus is that it's most advisable to start off in med-surg just to get that fundamental experience/knowledge. To that I want to ask, does the externship matter so much when considering this? Since externships are generally only 8-10 week programs, I'm just wondering peoples' opinions on if it really matters what you do since it seems like it'll mainly be just a "taste" of things to come. And I could always choose to start my "career" in med-surg after graduating in '08. So any opinions on this?
Quote from kellykul
I would have to recommend doing a med-surg externship depending on why you are choosing to do the externship. Why are you doing an externship? In my case I chose to do an externship to help me out with my last year of school. I felt the more exposure I had to nursing type situations the better I would be. I think it was the best thing I did. In nursing school you don't typically have ICU type patients (unless you have a patient that is starting to go bad or has gone bad). The drips and medications a patient has in ICU are different than what you're going to see in med-surg. I do agree with following your heart but think about why you're doing the externship.
I'm thinking of choosing it because...
--For the longest time I was pretty set on pursuing the CRNA path, which of course requires CC experience. So my initial desire for a CC externship was due to advice given by CRNAs who advised me to choose such.
--Lately I've realized I should keep my options a little more open and not be so set on my pathway, but at the same time CC seems very interesting.
--I'm in my medsurg rotation right now, and to be honest I really don't like it. It's not really what I expected, but it could also be due to the unit among many other factors(I'm on a respiratory care unit.) Honestly I can't picture myself being a floor nurse for an extended period of time; I definitely feel like I'd grow bored of it rather quickly. To some extent from what I've seen, it almost reminds me of being a waiter, but providing a totally different service, lol.
--The biggest reason I'm taking an externship is for the experience, since honestly we don't get nearly as much of it as I expected in clinicals. And I know that working full-time for 8 weeks will be just perfect for getting experience. Not to mention I can't think of a better-paying/more rewarding summer job! Heh.
I guess the main thing I'm curious about at this point is on the choices for an externship in general(since I can do or transfer to whatever I want after graduating.) Do you guys think it's a big deal to choose one path over the other just for the sake of an 8-week externship? Again, thanks to all that have already replied.