Med-Surg Roll Call - page 17

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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


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    Hey all,
    I have been an RN for a year. This is my second career. I completed an accelerated BSN program. I spent my first six months at an LTAC. I learned a lot and had some extremely complex patients. I left after 6 months, just in time. As the hospital I was working at increased the nurse to pt ratio and there was NO way I would be comfortable with 6 or 7 patients at an LTAC (almost all on vents, etc, etc...). So I left for a med/surg unit, where I was a student nurse for a few months. I absolutely love it where I am now.
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    I work on a general surgical floor - we get pre-ops & post-ops from all the specialties at the hospital. We'll also get a medicine patient or two if the medical floors are full. I've been there about 10 months. It is great to see all the different surgeries!
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    New grad (December - RN), passed my boards last March, but I worked as an LPN at a skilled nursing home before being hired for Med/Surg/Peds as an RN last May. I was a teacher for 13+ years before I became a nurse. JUST finished my 6+ week orientation and will be working on my own tomorrow (wish me luck!)
    Starting my BSN in the fall and will be done by summer of next year. We shall see what will happen after that.
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    I am a new grad nurse (Graduated in May 2011) and I have just completed my 3rd orientation day on my med surg unit (my orientation period lasts 3-6 months). I am working for a small hospital on a med surg floor which takes both adult and pediatric patients. The staff on my unit have so far been very friendly, kind and welcoming and after having read some stories about what some new grads experience, I am so happy to have such great people to work with.
    This is not only my first job as an RN, but also my first job in the medical field altogether. I am struggling with trying to learn everything because it feels like I know nothing. I am confident that in time I can become a competent nurse, but right now it seems so far away.
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    Quote from runner_rn
    I am a new grad nurse (Graduated in May 2011) and I have just completed my 3rd orientation day on my med surg unit (my orientation period lasts 3-6 months). I am working for a small hospital on a med surg floor which takes both adult and pediatric patients. The staff on my unit have so far been very friendly, kind and welcoming and after having read some stories about what some new grads experience, I am so happy to have such great people to work with.
    This is not only my first job as an RN, but also my first job in the medical field altogether. I am struggling with trying to learn everything because it feels like I know nothing. I am confident that in time I can become a competent nurse, but right now it seems so far away.
    Congratulations on securing a position that provides you with a period of transition. Embrace this time and use this opportunity to learn a great deal about time management, becoming a part of the team, critical reasoning and developing skills. All new graduates face many of the same challenges you face. You are skilled and you will soon be able to apply the knowledge you gained from school in you work environment. Just be patient with yourself. When you go home after a shift, use your text book to look up information about the certain types of diagnosis that you have cared for during your shift. This will help familiarize you with the nursing care.

    There are many theories on how new graduates transition into practice and most call for a period of time where the new grad is paired with a more experienced nurse. Ask lots of questions, take a look at the experienced nurses you work with and see how they practice and how they function. Many will be great role models for you. Always remember .... RN practice is autonomous practice, so this means that regardless of how you are oriented ... you are responsible for your practice and for doing the right things for your patients. Congrats on your first position and best wishes for a smooth transition to nursing.
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    Well I am a certified 'newbie' to med-surg. I graduate NS this Thursday (Dec. 15th) and have accepted a position for a GN internship on a med-surg floor. I will be an 'intern' for approx. 3 months and then when I pass my NCLEX, will be labeled as a RN. I did clinicals at this hospital and absolutely loved it, although I thought I'd never see myself in med-surg, I am looking forward to the experience because: the morale/working environment is AMAZING, staff is always happy, 4-1 nurse/pt. ratio, I get to apply EVERYTHING I learned in NS in med-surg, and this is where I expect to hone in on my skills, time mgmt, etc. Can't wait


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