Psych Nurse to Med Surg

  1. Hello,
    I am a new grad that has been working in psych nursing for one month. I want to get to med surg, but I landed in psych as my second job since I didn't like the skilled nursing setting and couldn't land a med surg job right away. I am wondering if anyone knows about getting a med surg job as a new grad. I'm afraid it will be difficult to find a med surg job. Thank you!
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  3. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from nina12345
    Hello,
    I am a new grad that has been working in psych nursing for one month. I want to get to med surg, but I landed in psych as my second job since I didn't like the skilled nursing setting and couldn't land a med surg job right away. I am wondering if anyone knows about getting a med surg job as a new grad. I'm afraid it will be difficult to find a med surg job. Thank you!
    Wait -- you're a new grad and you're already looking for a THIRD job? Stay where you are for two years, and then start looking for a Med/Surg job. You're already starting to look like a job-hopper, and only desperate managers want to hire someone they think won't stay more than a month or two.
  4. by   nina12345
    I see what you mean. I don't want to be stuck in psych per say though. I hear this can happen because you aren't practicing you med surg skills as much so you won't be hired as med surg or may struggle. I want to work 6 months minimum at my current job and apply for a medsurg job since mot places require that much minimum experience for their positions in med surg.
  5. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from nina12345
    I see what you mean. I don't want to be stuck in psych per say though. I hear this can happen because you aren't practicing you med surg skills as much so you won't be hired as med surg or may struggle. I want to work 6 months minimum at my current job and apply for a medsurg job since mot places require that much minimum experience for their positions in med surg.
    As a new grad, you don't have any Med/Surg skills as such. You've just learned enough to begin to learn skills. The skills you're learning on psych are not only transferrable, but will be very valuable skills that other Med/Surg nurses won't have. You'll have a lot to learn when you transfer to med/Surg, but you'd have a lot to learn whenever you transfer.

    If you don't want to work psych, why take a job in psych? There are many, many threads on this forum advising new grads that the first year is difficult, they won't like their jobs no matter where they work, and that they ned 1 - 2 years experience before moving on. Perhaps if you had stayed in LTC until a Med/Surg position was available, that would have been better. Too late for that now. But you're seriously damaging your credibility if you keep changing jobs because you don't like your job after a month. You're also damaging your ability to find a new job and make a living.



    What does "per say" mean?
  6. by   DrManzoor
    For nurse its Better to stick to their job in the beginning its very tough for all professional but being a new grade nurse its very tough to survive in that condition!!!
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