Hi. This is a wierd philisophical question. Tonight, after a particularly crazy night on med-surg tele; the kind of night where you feel as if you are just tasking all night, putting out fires, admininstering pain meds q 2, and don't get to charting until 0400.......a tech who is a nursing student said something very thought provoking to me. "You are really smart. Why in the $%*& would you work in a med surg unit if you have the smarts to work in the ICU? ". I think he was referring also to the fact that he was completely flustered all night as well......not even a moment for him to find out why many of his charges were even there!
Usually, especially with the nursing student techs, I try and take time out to quiz and question them regarding issues and body systems and clinical judgement so that they can sort of get some learning while they are doing the endless tasks. But tonight, there was absolutely no time for that except once. I understand the frustration from him. But his comment got me thinking. WHY AM I just content to work in Med-Surg? Yes, I have higher aspirations and am starting my BA....dreaming of holistic nursing if I can get my masters before I'm dead...( I am almost 50 and didin't start nursing till I was 45). I haven't been moving on much since then because I've been raising my son who is now almost 18...I was thrilled that I could just start working nights as I've always wanted since my boy is now very self sufficient! That alone was a big boon for me!
I guess my question is.....how come med-surg is so much less respected than the other specialties in nursing? It seems to me that it is equally important, and if the job is done right; demands a great amount of critical thinking, organization/prioritization, and really the highest degree of nursing process utilization because you are managing 6 patients at the same time. I tried to explain this to the tech, but he still felt that med-surg is the "trailer trash" area of nursing. I am even thinking of getting certified in Med Surg Tele while working through my BSN because it seems to me that everywhere needs med-surg nurses!
Hope my question is clear. What do you all think???