I have to echo what the other poster said.
I have worked in many different specialities, but kept returning to med/surg for various reasons. It's a place that I find fullfilling.
Nurses burn out and feel unfullfilled in all departments. I sufferered from severe burn out a few years ago and actually got out of nursing. Only when I did end up going back (for financial reasons) did I realized why I burned out to begin with.
Nurses have become task oriented machines. I fell into that trap and it did me in quickly. There is no joy or fullfillment in doing tasks over and over with no acknowlegment from pt's or management. It's not like we neeeed pats on the back, but this job is HARD and an occasional "you did well" goes along way.
Now I make sure I take the time to sit down, even for just one minute, and connect with my pt's. A quick hand hold, smile..anything to make that connection to them. I find it takes the drudgery out of tasks and reminds me why I became a nurse in the first place.
I also work for a facility that really does go a long way into making it a good place to work. I have management that listens to us and also our committees are run by many staff Rn's.