So this med surg position was the only thing I was offered after over a year of trying to get a nursing job. The timing was off because it was just a month after having a microdiscectomy. My doctor initially told me to not consider working there as they have a 50 pound lifting requirement but I went ahead and accepted the job anyway because nobody hires new grads and I finally was given an opportunity. The next appointment I had with the doctor I told him that I planned to get some experience and then move to a part of nursing that wouldn't be so hard on my back, and he supported my plan. I have been there almost 6 months now. I hated med surg in school. The people I work with are all great so I kind of have a love hate relationship with my job now. I don't mind the fast paced days, not being able to get breaks to eat or go to the bathroom, but I have a problem with the lifting and bending. I feel like I am going to damage my back again and need another surgery. Is 6 months enough med/surg experience? Should I try for a year? Should I just hope for the best with my back and continue med surg because it is now what I feel comfortable doing (for the most part). Some days I love it some days I hate it. The days I hate it are usually the days where I feel like I am killing my body lifting and bending.