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Med-Surg Roll Call - page 5

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  KK92RN profile page
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    I have been in med surg for 6 years and prior to that i worked skilled nursing rehab in the same hospital. i have been on a ortho, neuro, trauma, ms unit for 2 years as a rn charge and pretty much love it. I am comfortable there now. took a while. but i get to see interesting things, and learn something new everyday. i also get to participate in the care of pts at very scary times and there have been numerous times i have left work knowing i did my best and helped that pt. my hospital is currently working on a med surg week so that other specialty areas will recognize that ms is a specialty. so our goal is to get as many nurses that are qualified to get certified.
  2. Visit  twinmommy+2 profile page
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    Hi everyone! I'm a new grad and have survived my first month so far:spin:
  3. Visit  Chaya profile page
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    Been in nursing for 7 years but new to Med Surg. I'm still trying to get comfortable in a new setting. What I like is the diversity. You need to take a holistic approach to the person as a whole to incorporate all their issues.
  4. Visit  DClark327 profile page
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    I am due to graduate in May. I have done many clinicals in Med-Surg and am currently doing my Preceptorship on a Med-Surg Unit. I dislike MS and would like to do L&D or Home Health. However, the instructors at my school are always telling us that we should spend at least a year in MS. I just can't see myself doing that. I am 41 years old and decided to make a career change at the age of 37. I don't want to be tired and miserable when I work. I want to enjoy what I do while helping others at the same time. How necessary is it to be in MS first? Furthermore, I have decided to write my research paper on this topic. Any ideas on where I can find written information, such as periodicals or journals? I'm not having much luck finding anything so far. I'v tried RN magazine, AJN, and surfing the web which is how I found this site. I need eight references.

    Sincerely,
    DClark327
  5. Visit  seekthenew profile page
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    I was sad to see that the nurse who began this thread sees Med Surg as a stepping stone!!!!! Iam have been certified for the past 2 years, as a CMSRN, and very proud of that and my nursing knowledge, much of which is hard-won. Its not perfect, and its not for wimps. There are days when I hate it and days when I love it, but mostly I try to prioritize and take it as it comes. We should command/demand respect as much as other specialties do....Stepping stone??? I say you must have a solid background in the generalities of nursing, find out what your true nurse calling is, and then enter another specialty. We have the hardest job in nursing and the least recognition.
  6. Visit  CarVsTree profile page
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    I am a new grad (graduated in December). I have been working for 5 whole months as an RN on a Trauma Med-Surg floor. We also have on observation room with 4 beds. It is 4:1 in the obs room and a nurse or tech must be in that room at all times (thus the observation part).

    We are 6:1 on the regular floor. It is a tough ratio at times. I plan on staying in med/surg for at least 1 year perhaps 2 (maybe more). Right now, it is exciting going into work. I learn something new several times every shift. I love my trauma patients. We get lots of trauma, we are also the step down unit of choice for the burn surgeons. We have telemetry and sometimes get medical or surgical patients when other tele beds are not open. We also have 2 isolation rooms and often get medical patients in there.

    I don't like medical patients very much. It has more to do with medical residents (HATE them) than to do with the patients themselves.

    Enjoy my job though. More than I even thought I would. But let me tell you... I am TIRED when I'm done.
  7. Visit  CarVsTree profile page
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    Quote from DClark327
    I am due to graduate in May. I have done many clinicals in Med-Surg and am currently doing my Preceptorship on a Med-Surg Unit. I dislike MS and would like to do L&D or Home Health. However, the instructors at my school are always telling us that we should spend at least a year in MS. I just can't see myself doing that. I am 41 years old and decided to make a career change at the age of 37. I don't want to be tired and miserable when I work. I want to enjoy what I do while helping others at the same time. How necessary is it to be in MS first? Furthermore, I have decided to write my research paper on this topic. Any ideas on where I can find written information, such as periodicals or journals? I'm not having much luck finding anything so far. I'v tried RN magazine, AJN, and surfing the web which is how I found this site. I need eight references.

    Sincerely,
    DClark327
    Perhaps you should start a new thread. This is Med/Surg roll call. Talking about what why we are in med/surg. BTW, a year is not a long time. Your instructors are right.
  8. Visit  Spidey's mom profile page
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    Quote from DClark327
    I am due to graduate in May. I have done many clinicals in Med-Surg and am currently doing my Preceptorship on a Med-Surg Unit. I dislike MS and would like to do L&D or Home Health. However, the instructors at my school are always telling us that we should spend at least a year in MS. I just can't see myself doing that. I am 41 years old and decided to make a career change at the age of 37. I don't want to be tired and miserable when I work. I want to enjoy what I do while helping others at the same time. How necessary is it to be in MS first? Furthermore, I have decided to write my research paper on this topic. Any ideas on where I can find written information, such as periodicals or journals? I'm not having much luck finding anything so far. I'v tried RN magazine, AJN, and surfing the web which is how I found this site. I need eight references.

    Sincerely,
    DClark327
    Hello and welcome!

    There are a bunch of threads on just this subject here on allnurses - just folks comments though. I'm not familiar with any referenced material.

    My opinion is that you do NOT need to do a year of med/surg before branching out to something else. Your instructors are wrong - that is outdated thinking. Most of the folks I graduated with 8 years ago went directly into their specialty . . . NICU, ICU, L&D, Post-Partum, ER, etc.

    You can do a search here on allnurses or ask a moderator to help you find the other threads and see other's opinions.

    Good luck.

    steph
  9. Visit  DClark327 profile page
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    I am a new grad from an ADN program. I will take the NCLEX mid July. I have been hired on a Med Surg floor under my IPN at our local hospital. I am excited and scared. No, terrified. I did my preceptorship on this floor prior to graduation and did fine. The only reason I am not particularly fond of Med Surg is because I feel that I am not organized enough to be left alone with five patients. I can barely handle four. I keep having these thoughts: What if I screw up? What if I make a med error? Will I get fired or lose my license?
    The last thing in the world I want to do is hurt someone. The whole reason I became a nurse in the first place is to help people and I love it. Any advice on how to get organized enough to get through the day?

    Maybe I am just going through the whole "new grad" phase.
    Anyway, WHAAAAA. I will quit whining now. I CAN DO THIS!!!!!
  10. Visit  StephRNBSN profile page
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    I have worked as an med/surg RN for just exactly a year now. So far I love it and I am learning new things day by day. I really don't know of anywhere else that I would work at.
  11. Visit  LauraBell profile page
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    Hi, I was hoping to get some feedback on my situation. I worked for 12 yrs on a primarily hemeonc unit in a military hospital (bmt's and acute leukemics mostly, though we had medsurg as well). For about 10 of those years I was on night shift. My confidence is/was not the greatest so I didn't jump into new learning opportunities. Consequently, I feel like my nursing experience has been somewhat limited. I left the hospital 3 yrs ago and have been doing outpatient infusion (dr's offices) and feel pretty comfortable there. For the past 6 months I've done an occasional med surg shift with an agency and my goal is to do agency work for the flexibility. Needless to say doing med surg with an agency is problematic for me. There is so much to know that my little aging brain gets overwhelmed. My experiences in the hospitals that I've worked at haven't been too terrible considering that the most I've worked at one hospital has been about 4 shifts. I've found the great majority of staff nurses that I've worked with to be very helpful and just downright nice so that's encouraging. I guess my question to staff nurses is, what do you expect from an agency nurse. Do you think that someone like me is suited for it. Any ideas on how I can be successful/comfortable with it. I do have a newfound respect for what medsurg nurses and aids do. It's such hard work! If you've gone this far....thanks for reading!
  12. Visit  melinated profile page
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    i am an lpn and have been working on a 42 bed med surge floor for almost 2 years. we do primary nursing and our ratio ranges from 6-9 pts. most of the nurses on the floor are RN's with the exception of about 3 nurses, including myself, however we are being sent to school, tuition paid to get RN degrees. Then our hospital owns us for the next 4 years! (nsg shortage big time). But i must say this. Being a new grad, i have had thee most experience out of all the nurses that i went to school with. i absolutley love medsurge. i like the quick thinking, the prioritizing, the interactions with the patients, and the hands on. i learn everyday. i think it is the best experience for a new nurse. don't get me wrong, there are days that i come home from work and all i can do is sit and stare at 4 walls. or i may pass out and sleep the evening away from the stress that the job can cause... too be expected...if u can't take the heat....then dont do this job eh??
  13. Visit  CRNAorBust profile page
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    Hi guys!

    My history is as follows. I started out graduating in May of 2005. Tried a one year ICU training program close to my house only to be EATEN alive. I was NOT getting much of the training. I could not give or get report, I could not get organized, BUT i got the THEORY part well. Having started last july I left there by Dec of 2005. IT was tough finding work in NY after that happened. Noone wanted to touch me. Finally sent resumes out of state and wound up in Yale New Haven CT in April of this year. It's been going MUCH MUCH better. Have TONS of support now and hoping to get off orientation within the next 3 weeks.

    My long range goal is to get back into critical care then move on to training for Nurse Anesthetist. And as i get older I'm sure I'll want to do some teaching as well. I love interacting with people in learning mode and I love organizing information so that will work for me as well.

    Thanks for reading!

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