Med-Surg Roll Call - page 3

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... Read More

  1. Visit  virginiarn profile page
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    I'm a new grad, starting orientation on the post-surgical wing of the med-surg floor in about a month. I'm incredibly nervous and excited, and am sure I'll have a ton of questions to post after I start!
  2. Visit  fifi9857 profile page
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    Quote from RNPATL
    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 you hold certification in med-surg through ANCC or AMSN. Thanks ....

    I will start ....

    I am a nurse manager for a 40 bed med-surg unit. Love med-surg, but am challenged daily by how busy the unit is and how sick our patient population is. I plan on remaining in med-surg for a number of years (at least until I finish my Masters degree and start teaching). I am not currently certified, but am planning on taking the test in October throught AMSN.

    I think the thing I LOVE the most about M/S is the diversity of patients we see. You really need to be a nursing generalist to be successful in med-surg.
    I have been doing med/surg for three years, this time. After doing cardiac and home health, I have come back to my favorite specialty. I have just gotten my CMSRN through AMSN. I am the only one in my hospital with this certification and have found most other nurses don't know about this cert, I mostly see CCRN's. My best advise--keep trying until you find a specialty that you love to work in. My hospital let's you transfer from your unit to another after you have worked on the first unit for six months. I do not know of any nurse who has had trouble transferring--in fact, a co-worker went from med/surg to peds and then to ortho. I did not realize others had such a hard time finding their niche.
  3. Visit  ShawnetteRN05 profile page
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    Hello,
    I am a new grad (may 10) and as of yesterday a new RN!!
    I work on a 30-something bed med-surg/tele unit and I love it!! it suprised me though, because when I was doing clinicals in the very hopsital that I work, I swore to myself that I would NEVER do med-surg!! It took my experience during precepting that changed my mind. Through the experience I got a sense of what a true nurse does and what his/her specific role is. I love the variey of patients that I see and the vast amount of experience that I have gotten in such a short period of time ( i started on 6/6). I love what I do!!!
    shawnette, RN BSN
  4. Visit  RN-PA profile page
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    Quote from ShawnetteRN05
    Hello,
    I am a new grad (may 10) and as of yesterday a new RN!!
    I work on a 30-something bed med-surg/tele unit and I love it!! it suprised me though, because when I was doing clinicals in the very hopsital that I work, I swore to myself that I would NEVER do med-surg!! It took my experience during precepting that changed my mind. Through the experience I got a sense of what a true nurse does and what his/her specific role is. I love the variey of patients that I see and the vast amount of experience that I have gotten in such a short period of time ( i started on 6/6). I love what I do!!!
    shawnette, RN BSN
    Congratulations on becoming an RN, Shawnette! I also thought I could never work med-surg after negative experiences during clinicals, but I ended up liking it for the same reasons you do: the variety of patients and all there is to learn and experience. There are times when I think I can't work med-surg anymore when the acuity of my patients is high and I have to spread myself too thin among 6 patients, but when I think about trying any other area of nursing, med-surg keeps me coming back for the reasons mentioned.
  5. Visit  Jubei profile page
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    I grew up on med surg! Started off as a CNA all the way up to LVN (4 different job titles in MS) for almost 8 years! Went through all the strikes with my fellow healthcare workers when nobody wanted to be a "nurse" back in the 90s.
  6. Visit  NurCrystal22 profile page
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    Hello all, I was just offered a job on a med/surg floor. I start September 19th.

    ~Crystal
  7. Visit  mandrews profile page
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    Hello

    I graduated 12/04 from a diploma rn program. I have been med-surg for 8 monthes and I love it. I have been searching on the internet for nursing networks and I recently downloaded a membership application for AMSN. I really don't know what all is out there but I am going to get more info on AMSN. Im interested in their certification program.

    melissa
  8. Visit  med/surg flt rn profile page
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    Hello!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I also start out in Med/Surg after graduating in 5/2003, almost 3 years worth. It is really challenging being in the float pool. I work Med/Surg-tele/ortho/neuro/worked oncology seldom, any way it is very challenging and difficult at time especially when nurse ration is from 6-11, at least for me, since I work 12 hours night. I am seriously wanted to go into ED and also considered correctional nurse, since I done observation in the two area. I plan to relocate to albuquerque, NM this summer of 2006, Im currently in Tulsa, Okla. and rushing to escape. Once I relocate try to get into a fellowship program in the ED department because I need a change
  9. Visit  jbeck817 profile page
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    I have only been a nurse for a year. In that time, I worked in L and D for two months(never having done clinicals in OB, never should have been there), psych nursing (liked it but needed med-surg) and have been in med-surg for 7 months. Med-surg is challenging and the rewards are few. I have had the opportunity to have a CN who decided she was the all-knowing omnipotent alpha female and questioned everything I did.........even began to spread gossip about me!
    But..........I transferred to another unit, things are well there. Definitely need to prove myself again, however. It's been a hard road.One they don't prepare you for in school. I'm lucky in that my resolve isn't to take s--- and give up. The threads here are compelling and I am glad to see that there are experienced nurses who can relate. I hope that things start looking up more...............
  10. Visit  dawn1rhino profile page
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    Quote from RNPATL
    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 you hold certification in med-surg through ANCC or AMSN. Thanks ....

    I will start ....

    I am a nurse manager for a 40 bed med-surg unit. Love med-surg, but am challenged daily by how busy the unit is and how sick our patient population is. I plan on remaining in med-surg for a number of years (at least until I finish my Masters degree and start teaching). I am not currently certified, but am planning on taking the test in October throught AMSN.

    I think the thing I LOVE the most about M/S is the diversity of patients we see. You really need to be a nursing generalist to be successful in med-surg.

    Hi! I graduated 05/05/05 and began orientation 05/30/05. Tonight 09/05/05 I was required to "team lead" - actual I was tricked into being charge nurse. I had refused two times previously, this time I was told I would team lead and later learned that I had accepted the charge nurse position.
    I have expressed my concern over accepting this responsibility with my manager and two house supervisors and have been told that it means nothing more than doing the bed assignments. I do not believe them. I feel like I risked my license tonight and am just lucky that nothing monumental occurred. I am hoping you can give me some advise. Thanks!
  11. Visit  mandrews profile page
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    Quote from dawn1rhino
    Hi! I graduated 05/05/05 and began orientation 05/30/05. Tonight 09/05/05 I was required to "team lead" - actual I was tricked into being charge nurse. I had refused two times previously, this time I was told I would team lead and later learned that I had accepted the charge nurse position.
    I have expressed my concern over accepting this responsibility with my manager and two house supervisors and have been told that it means nothing more than doing the bed assignments. I do not believe them. I feel like I risked my license tonight and am just lucky that nothing monumental occurred. I am hoping you can give me some advise. Thanks!
    I don't know if this is a good idea. I graduated 12/04 and I am in no way prepared to be the charge nurse. No Way!!!
  12. Visit  dawn1rhino profile page
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    Quote from mandrews
    I don't know if this is a good idea. I graduated 12/04 and I am in no way prepared to be the charge nurse. No Way!!!
    Thanks for responding. It's just nice to know that someone else thinks it is a bad idea. I am at a loss of what to do.... I've contacted my local board of nursing requesting advise, hope I can wait long enough for a reply.
    One of my co-workers said last night that it would be better for me to walk off / quit and start over some place else than to risk my license again.
    Here's a little more info on the situation..
    I work 7p - 7a on a 34 bed unit. Last night we had four nurses and two PCAs for the 11p-7a shift. I called House Supervisor twice (and never got a return phone call). Out of pure luck someone called in to see if they could pick up a shift and so we ended up with five RNs and two PCAs. Obviously they are having shortage difficulties and I am sympathetic but doesn't accepting the assignment of charge nurse mean that I am saying "OK, I'm responsible for all 34 patients and as 'supervisor' I'm accepting professional responsibility for the actions (or lack there of) of all the patient care on the unit"???
    Any response / advise is much appreciated.
    Dawn
  13. Visit  mandrews profile page
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    I definitely believe the charge nurse is responsible. At my hospital we have to talk to charge before we call the doc's. What if I told someone not to call and something bad happened. I don't have enough experience, and there is too much we have never seen before.

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