What type of patients do you care for?
Med Surg is the title given to general hospital nurses. Really, this is no longer valid. Most Med Surg floors have some sort of specialty (vascular, urology, plastic surgery, etc.)
Nurses who work in hospitals are the largest group of nurses and Med-Surg nurses make up the largest number of hospital nurses.
What type of care do you provide?
Med-Surg care is very generalized. You get a wide variety of different patient populations. Care includes assessment of a wide variety of patient problems, treatments such as dressing changes, respiratory treatments, administering medications to multiple patients, and evaluation of those treatments. Med-Surg nurses interact with doctors, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, and other professionals.
How long are patients in your unit?
Typically patients are on the Med-Surg floor for about 2-3 days, depending on the type of unit. Longer stays are typical of Medical floors, shorter stays on surgical floors.
What kind of hours do you work?
You will probably be hired for 40 hours a week. Due to the nursing shortage, nurses are working more overtime than ever, though.
What kind of experience do you need and or get in med surg?
You can be hired into Med-Surg as a new grad. The experience you get is invaluable. In order to move into specialty areas like critical care or surgery you will need Med-Surg experience.
I hope this helps,
David Woodruff, MSN, RN, CNS,CCRN
Nursing Continuing Education