Med-Surg Roll Call - page 13
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Hi all ... thought it was about time to have a Med-Surg roll call .... please repond by telling us if you work in med-surg .... how long you have been there and if you plan on staying in med surg .... also, please let us know if... Read More
- 0Apr 1, '08 by st4wb3rr33sh0rtc4k3I have been in Med/Surg since last March of 2008. I took a break to work in Long Term Care after getting laid off last May, due to low patient census. Long Term Care, Alzheimers, and Sub-Acute was my first go at nursing after I did Labor and Delivery as a Graduate Nurse in the summer of 05. Hope I said that right.
I have had some tough times with Med/Surg. I loved the hospital in Massachusetts where I worked, but after the floor closed my LTC experience was not good enough to be transfered to a "specialty" unit. LTC wasn't paying the mortgage and I decided to travel out West, where the need was. I did one travel assignment in a 127 bed hospital, which was okay I guess. I had Peds patients sometimes and that was fun.
Now I am doing a permanent position on a Med/Surg unit, but my boss and the permanent staff on my shift are grumps, and make the workplace really stressful. I get laughed at when I ask for help or questions, and now they are sending me to the New Grad unit, because I failed a PBDS test, that I didn't know about, or have time to research or study for it. I would totally pass now, some travelers gave me good information on how to pass it. But, they want me to take one patient a day for the next couple of weeks, boring...
I really don't mind Med/Surg I just wish I could find a good place to work at, like Saint Vincent's hospital in Worcester, MA. I just would like to get my one year of Med/Surg and go back to LTC, and do the Med/Surg per diem.
- 0Jun 12, '08 by Dawn, RNI am new to this thread as I am a new RN that just passed NCLEX a couple of days ago!!!! I start my new position in med/surg on a medical/oncology floor in their internship program. Unlike my other classmates, I believed I should lay a good foundation before specializing and believe I will see variety in my patients. I will be in an area where I can further my education and hone my skills.
I honestly think I am the only person in my graduating class that made that choice.
I hope I love it and never go anywhere else. I am scared, nervous, but also excited at the same time! Nice to meet everyone!Last edit by Dawn, RN on Jun 12, '08 : Reason: horrible, horrible grammar and spelling!
- 1Jun 14, '08 by DeLanaHarvickWannabeQuote from dawn, rnwelcome, dawn! i wish you the best!i am new to this thread as i am a new rn that just passed nclex a couple of days ago!!!! i start my new position in med/surg on a medical/oncology floor in their internship program. unlike my other classmates, i believed i should lay a good foundation before specializing and believe i will see variety in my patients. i will be in an area where i can further my education and hone my skills.
i honestly think i am the only person in my graduating class that made that choice.
i hope i love it and never go anywhere else. i am scared, nervous, but also excited at the same time! nice to meet everyone!
i am no longer a medsurg nurse, but i am glad i had my medsurg time. i still can't believe i was capable of being one, and i think you'll shock yourself with how much you'll be able to do and how awesome your assessment skills will be.
and, for what it's worth, i think you made a good decision in starting off in medsurg!
- 0Jul 14, '08 by namorceI too am new to general surgical. I have worked in a number of other specialties , most recently 4 years in acute rehab. I want to stick it out however and transfer to a critical care unit in 1 year. However, even with all my experience I feel like a novice all over again. There are procedures that I ahve never heard of before. Any suggestions on resources that might help me through the next year. I would welcome all ideas and suggestions.
Thanks a bunch,
- 0Jul 19, '08 by LiViN_my_DrEamHello...I am an LPN of 2 years, 18 months of which have been on a med-surg floor. I work both 8 and 12 hour days, I am currently in school and will be finishing in November with an Associate Degree...finally an RN !!! I have a flex position so it allows me to pick and choose when I work, lately it has been full time. I was recently offered 2 days/week at the wound care center, so I have been dividing my time between my floor and the clinic. Both have advantages and disadvantages and I have not yet decided where I will go once school is over. I have found that floor nursing is not really where I want to spend my days, I may change my mind once I graduate and I can perform more of the duties expected of me on my floor, I live in Ohio, I am given a team but have to go to the other RN's on my floor for IV pushes, blood/plasma, riders and initial assessments due upon admission, it becomes quite a hassle for everyone, at times. I think that the experience I have gained is extremely beneficial to my career, and I feel as though I can handle almost anything, after some of the teams I have been assigned.
I look forward to gaining more experience...everyday is an experience on a med-surg floor, and it appears that my floor receives the most difficult pts, requiring the most care, not critical, but very needy. I sometimes wonder what I got myself into. I love my job, but I find myself constantly questioning the care my pts receive because we are given such a heavy load, and my floor has a definite lack of teamwork regardless of the rotation that is working.
Working on a med-surg floor for me, right now, is where I NEED to be, the experience I am gaining on a daily basis is only helping me to improve my critical thinking skills as well as providing a daily refresher to all of the NCLEX related issues that I will be facing in the near future. Regardless of the negative aspects that I have provided,
(sorry for that) overall the experience for me has been a positive one.
- 0Jul 27, '08 by squee-geeHi Everyone!
I am a new grad RN and will be starting orientation on August 4. A few weeks of classroom and then I will start with a preceptor until November on a Med-Surg floor. This is the route I envisioned for myself, and it will (I believe) give me the best background in general nursing and assessment experience possible (I eventually would like to be a home health nurse). It may not be the most glamorous way to go, but...I am excited to begin. I'm sure I will be haunting this forum for advice and support.
- 0Aug 4, '08 by LibraSunCNMHi everyone,
I graduated with my BSN in May, and just recently passed the NCLEX! I start on an ortho/vascular surgical unit at the beginning of September, and couldn't be more excited! I eventually want to go on and become a certified nurse-midwife, but I really feel like I need to lay a solid groundwork for myself, so I'm looking forward to learning a lot on my unit.