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- Mar 28, '07 by floridanurse65I've been a nurse for almost 12 years and I'm going to be starting my first hospital position in a med-surg unit in less than 2 weeks. I've done Dialysis and Home Health primarily. Dialysis almost killed me after 5 years of it and Home Care isn't paying the bills anymore where I live. So I feel like a brand new nurse all over again. I'm not so worried about my skills. We do it all in Home Care. Well almost all of it. I started thinking about some of the skills I had never done. The main one I could think of was inserting an NG tube. Never done it. I'm primarily concerned about managing my time. It's one on one in Home Care and I really never have to rush through anything. So any advice for an old nurse about to become the "new" nurse again????
- May 17, '07 by rgroyer1RNBSNI have worked ER and SICU for along time I started out on med-surg, anyways I have CCRN cert, CEN cert, TNCC cert, and med-surg cert from ANCC, But I was letting all you know Im going back to med-surg, Starting back as a float between med-surg and ortho, have always loved the ortho and surgical pts. I like doing all the procedures on them and besides all the older er nurses Ive always worked with are all transferring either to med-surg or ortho or an Icu Ive had my time in ER and cant wait to get back to my beginning roots in med-surg see Ive worked er in a big trauma center for along time and Ive still worked part time for a med/surg/ortho unit part time at a small hospital and Ive always liked it better cant wait to get started back in med-surg.:spin:
- May 31, '07 by sar4teeHi Grinnurse, I see you have a year exp. in the med/surg field. Were you a LPN before or did you go straight for RN? I`m asking b/c I`m wondering how tough it will be for me. I`m going straight to RN I`m 35 years old and will be 40 when I graduate. I know a few girls thats going for LPN and later will go for RN but I want RN so why not go for RN? Is it easier?Last edit by sar4tee on May 31, '07
- Jun 6, '07 by husker-nurseHi, Sar4tee, just wanted to put in my 2 cents worth; I continued towards my RN immediately after LPN graduation, I really doubt if I would have returned to school after working in the field. I graduated with my RN at 46 and would not have it any other way. I encourage all LPN's to get back in school ASAP, most argue that they can't afford it right away, but if you regard the pay differential between the two, I think you'll see that you can't afford NOT to! Not sure if that's the case for you. tho. Anyway, whatever you decide, the best of luck in your career!
- Jun 6, '07 by sar4teeQuote from husker-nurseHi husker -nurse, well I thank you for your 2 cents, it is appreciated. You know I really have a concern for school. Were any of the courses hard to the point you were failing out or just passed by the hardest? I`ve been out of school so long but I believe I can get taught, I`m willing to learn..But I understand at the university I`ll be attending failing a course twice will fail out of the major..that worries meHi, Sar4tee, just wanted to put in my 2 cents worth; I continued towards my RN immediately after LPN graduation, I really doubt if I would have returned to school after working in the field. I graduated with my RN at 46 and would not have it any other way. I encourage all LPN's to get back in school ASAP, most argue that they can't afford it right away, but if you regard the pay differential between the two, I think you'll see that you can't afford NOT to! Not sure if that's the case for you. tho. Anyway, whatever you decide, the best of luck in your career!
- Aug 27, '07 by NYNurse07I am day three of my med-surg unit orientation.
I was initially hired for the ER, but I opted out realizing that I needed to crawl before I could run.
I am nervous all the time, feel like I need to have a med surg book with me at all times, and I just didn't realize how unprepared I was for the real world........
I am excited about being a profossional person though and find that patients on this floor (mostly surgical) are truly gems
I am getting nervous about going to work tomorrow and I just left work 3 hours ago...
Hope I can get rid of this feeling.
- Aug 30, '07 by Lucky#13Hey all you crazy Med-Surg Nurses!!!
I have been a Med-Surg nurse for 12 years now, and am probably something of an oddity, because all 12 years have been at one place!
I work every Fri, Sat and Sun...started that when the kids were little so no babysitters...and now it's a habit.
I'm also qweekend charge nurse..yippee..of our 48 bed unit.
I can't help it, I love my hospital! Sure it has had it's, lets say, "moments", but it's home to me!
Kinda makes you sick, right!
I plan on getting my M/S certification...sometime soon...not in any hurry...
So, to All The Wonderful Med-Surg Nurses Who Do A Wonderful Job Out There!!!
- Sep 3, '07 by the princessi started post passing the nursing board exam in the Philippines in the Med-Surg unit...we were usually rotated in all the departments there as part of the training of being a well-rounded nurse...but most oft the time, i was assigned at the Med-Surg dept...when i came to the US, i was also in the Med-Surg unit...then i went ED, to broaden my exposure...after a year and a half of vacation from the nursing field, i thought i'm still a fast ED nurse...alas, my docs said restart with Med-Surg.....yes, i'll follow them...i'll go back to Med-Surg where i learned the most to be a a person that gives TLC: a nurse
- Sep 3, '07 by the princessCONGRATULATIONS, NYNURSE07!!!!!!!you're on your 3rd day of orientation.......
me, i'll meet and talk to the Med-Surg director on Sept. 4, Tuesday. i was rehired in the ER but just like you, we (me, ED director, occ. health doc, neuro, PCP, psychologist) need to restart in the Med-Surg dept. and crawl back up to the ED again....i tell you, other Med-Surg nurses i know keep on discouraging me to go back there coz they said it's tougher...well, where can you find lighter load of patients? ....
- Sep 20, '07 by RNDaveI'm on my 2nd week post orientation, working on an oncology/medsurg floor. It's been wild. I've had a couple days where I didn't take lunch and still ended up punching out an hour overtime. I love the patients (well most of them) and the variety of conditions. Maintaining quality of care with 6 patients is tough for me. But I figure everyone else on the floor is in the same boat and I'm still learning. I'm sticking with medsurg for at least a year before contemplating anything else.