I currently work on a telemetry floor as an LNA. I was told by my clinical instructor to start out on a med surge floor to get my skills up to par. I really liked my medsurge rotation and am planning to apply to the hospital I work at when I graduate in May '08'. Are the patients on a medsurge floor less acutely sick than on a telemetry floor? I am curious because sometimes our patients end up having to go to the ICU. I would not feel comfortable working on the telemetry unit as a new grad becuse every little pain is looked at as a potential MI and don't feel I have the basics under me yet to deal with such patients. The nurses seem stressed out on this floor also.
What is an "average" acuity level of patients on med-surge? Having a clinical on the floor does not really give you a picture of what a floor is actually like. Thank you in advance for any info.