Question for those who started or currently in Med-Surg - page 2
I am graduating in May and right now I don't have a job yet but I am debating my options. I am interested in NICU and that is my top interest, 2nd choice is pediatrics, 3rd choice is OB, I am also... Read More
Mar 10, '03Med/Surg what a great, difficult, hair pulling, wonderful... All I can say is that in Med/Surg you learn sooooooo much..... Not for the lazy or weak at heart...
My first preceptor what a NURSE... Compassionate, tough, kind, difficylt... But likeable. Gave me the best piece of advice to this day. If you are going to work Med/ Surg make sure you grow some big balls. You will need them with surgeons...
Mar 11, '03I worked medsurg several years before specializing in adult critical care and it was a great place for me to really solidify my knowledge base, and learn where I wanted to go from there.
Some of my friends are still working medsurg and have specialized in that area.
Some look down on medsurg nurses (that old hierarchy rearing it's ugly head again) but I am convinced medsurg is still the backbone of the profession. I can tell you that a strong med surg nurse is welcome anywhere, any specialty because they are well rounded and capable. Medsurg is stressful...but most are...LOL!
Do what YOU feel will be best for YOU, not what others tell you you 'should' do...and good luck to you!
Mar 11, '03I don't think anybody is knocking med/surg nurses...but let's be honest here, it can be STRESSFUL, especially for a new grad. I am glad there are nurses who like to work in different areas. There is room for everyone....go for what you want. Not everybody needs to use every skill taught in school, and if you have a love for something else....DO IT WHILE YOU ARE YOUNG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Last edit by MishlB on Mar 11, '03
Mar 12, '03I went directly into OB/GYN after school. NO regrets. I had no desire to be chewed up and spat out my first year of nursing. And that is just what med-surg would have done to me. Nope. I started where my interests lay and do not regret it one bit.
Mar 12, '03I have also thought that I was going to go straight to Pediatrics when I graduated, but I think I am actually gonna stay on the floor I work on as a PCA for a while until I get comfortable... Its and Ortho floor, but most patients have bunches of other things going on, so I think it would be fairly close to a med-surg type environment....