What is it about Med-Surg? - page 3

I have read quite a few posts from students complaining about how much they hate med-surg and wouldn't dream of working there after graduation. :o What is it about med-surg that turns so many... Read More

  1. by   debRNo1
    Originally posted by hapeewendy
    I love med-surg
    honestly its the only area of nursing I see myself in ....
    not exactly a general medicine or surgey unit, but definitely the acute med-surg aspect of nursing....
    Coming from LTC as an LPN and feeling like I needed that acute care experience as an RN-I took a position, 12's on day shift on a more med than surg unit. We get a good mix of pts, Im getting exactly what I thought I would, enjoying the job and glad I made the move. I can deal with what the pt/doc/manager/secretary/ family can dish out from my LTC days so that's not an issue. I can deal with the personalities, issues, and crap that come along with it pretty well and concentrate on my pts.
    It's 100% bedside/hands-on nursing.


    It's the only kind of nursing I could see myself doing too.
    It's where I belong :chuckle
    and couldnt see myself EVER in LTC again, ICU, peds,OB, or even a doctors office.

    "TO EACH HIS OWN"



    deb
  2. by   TammyWilson808
    Med/Surg is one of the hardest jobs a nurse will ever have. I was one for ten years and you were either a well organized, efficient Med/Surg. RN or you weren't. And it is that simple. It is the catch all of most hospitals, and the destination of patients the other units decline for whatever reason. The knowledge base possessed by a Med/Surg. nurse has to be a solid, diversified one. A good Med/Surg. nurse is worth her or his weight is gold. It is one of the toughest jobs that I have ever loved. I am a labor and delivery RN now and will never regret my experience as a Med/Surg. nurse. It is the best stepping-off point, working my way through to another form of nursing and paying my dues.

    "A truly good Med/Surg nurse is worth his or her weight in gold"...
  3. by   2BRN
    Having just started my med-surg rotation, I can honestly say that this unit scares the hell out of me!! Prior rotations consisted of a pathway of care; you could pretty much count on a spectrum of routine care with minimal anomolies.. In med-surg, there is NO routine care!! Another thing is I don't think that med-surg is properly explained to nursing students and we aren't prepared for the chaos.. My first patient was to be an acute vaginal bleed.. I thought, "No problem". No one bothered to tell me that she was completely immobile, suffering from dementia, extreme HTN, and a long list of other ailments.. My previous experiences went out of the window and I was back to feeling ill-prepared despite all of my research...I look at my 6-inch textbook that accompanies this rotation and wonder if I can do it.. I don't know where to begin!!! I have to write a 10 page paper explaining nursing interventions that focus on a med-surg topic...AAAAHHHH!! Where do I start? You guys do everything!!! There are SOOO many complete care patients and seemingly so little staff.. The nurses are so excited to have us there to help out because they are running around mad their entire shift!!
    Anyway, I hope this reply provides some insight.. After speaking with my classmates about this particular subject I can honestly say.."It's not that we hate med-surg, I think we are all terrified and a bit over-whelmed..."

    Thanks!
  4. by   RN-PA
    Originally posted by 2BRN
    "...It's not that we hate med-surg, I think we are all terrified and a bit over-whelmed..."
    Heck, I've been working Med/Surg almost 10 years now and *I* feel that way practically every shift I work-- Except, change "a bit overwhelmed" to "VERY overwhelmed" and that'd be closer to the truth most nights.
  5. by   itsnowbegun
    med=surg never interest me.. but like they say, you either love it or you dont.

    i dont love it, but i am up for for the challenge, but as soon as the opportunities come, and i have paide my dues 6 months=1 year, i am out of there, God-willing...
  6. by   funnygirl_rn
    Originally posted by Gator,SN
    Personally, as a future new grad, not wanting to go to med/surg has absolutely nothing to do with the amount of work that it involves and everything to do with the last 2 years that I have spent on that unit as an NA. I have a lot of respect for some of the med/surg nurses I know and I have been very observant over the years. Honestly, what I have seen is some very dedicated men and women who get screwed. The things that I hear the most complaints about are the staffing problems, unsafe nurse-patient ratios and the fact that the nurses are so overburdened that they have almost no time to spend with their patients. Changing shifts throughout the week is a complain too.

    I think that it would be unfair and unjustified if med/surg nurses were getting a bad rap, but the fact that med/surg is not very appealing has nothing to do with the nurses rather the BS that goes along with staffing those units.
    Gator
    Excellent observations Gator, SN. Sad, but true.
  7. by   NurseGreenEyes RN
    All I can say about the Med-Surg Department is...............I LOVE IT!!!!
    Everyday is always different, never the same ol *#$^!.
    And besides to me, it's very rewarding. I love my job and helping others reach there medical goal is what I do best!

    Med-Surg Rocks! YEAH!
  8. by   oraibi
    posted by LaVorneRN

    Many hospitals require some experience in med/surg. After working on a med/onc unit for some years as an aide and throughout nsg. school and going through many students, it makes such sense to me personally to get a foundation there.

    hi,

    yep, the recruiters at all the hospitals around here
    tell new grads flat out that they will usually start on
    m/s floors and then when other positions open up
    they are generally filled from within . . .

    im a new grad working m/s and feel it is a great extension
    of nursing school . . . i learn something new every day.

    i work in a small rural hospital with a family like atmosphere
    and a good sense of teamwork . . . everybody chips in
    to help make things go smoothly and more experienced
    nurses and many docs are generous in sharing info
    with new nurses . . .

    to me m/s seems like a great place to develop skills
    and continue with the learning curve

    ~oraibi
  9. by   janleb
    I have been a practicing RN for about 9 months now. Still just a baby. I went Med-Surg to get the most experience and get a wide variety of patients as possible. I am very fortunate to work on a floor where many nurses have 10 yrs plus experience. Prior to working as a nurse I worked as an Tech on that same floor. So I know everyone I work for. They realize that I am a hard worker and will help them whenever I can. I appreciate their experience and expertise. I have learned so much practical experience. And getting some experience that I can pull from finally. My next step is to get ACLS certified within this next year. Yes it can be hectic, some days better than others. But I am still learning probably always will be I hope. Where I work I feel very supported by the others I work with. Couldn't be in a better environment.
  10. by   nursebucky
    Disablednurse....you have no idea how your comments have blessed me.

    Thank you.
  11. by   nursing04
    Hi everyone! I have been reading your posts about your careers in Med-surg. Very interesting stuff. I do have some general questions. I am graduating in September (god-willing) and enjoyed my med-surg clinicals a lot. What characteristics do you think someone needs to be successful at it? I know I get bored easily and I'm good w/ teaching, communication, and working w/ others but these are all needed for any nursing unit. I just don't want to end up somewhere, quit, and have to look for another job. I'm definitely going to ask to shadow the unit and talk to the staff. Anyone else have any other advice??
  12. by   hospicemom
    I have been on med surg for 2 years. I have dabbled in hospice and home health....done the outside staffing agency thing....all of this. Med surg is by far the most difficult I have worked in. Dont get me wrong, there are many different levels of difficulty in all areas of nursing. Nursing alone is difficult. I am talking about the politics....I am talking about the working short to save a buck....I am talking about having to know a little bit about everything because that is what you see on med surg. Now, I DO believe that every new RN or LPN should have a year experience at least in med surg, even though it has been a tough road with many nights spent crying on my way home...I wouldnt trade the experience for anything. I can say that as a new RN I wouldnt have been comfortable working in ER or any other specialty without having med surg experience...and many places wont even look at your application if you dont have med surg......I enjoy the different DX and the new meds I learn...new procedures and so on....however med surg isnt for everyone........so, new grads.....stick it out for a while...you will never regret the experience..it will make you a better nurse.
  13. by   hospicemom
    Quote from nursing04
    Hi everyone! I have been reading your posts about your careers in Med-surg. Very interesting stuff. I do have some general questions. I am graduating in September (god-willing) and enjoyed my med-surg clinicals a lot. What characteristics do you think someone needs to be successful at it? I know I get bored easily and I'm good w/ teaching, communication, and working w/ others but these are all needed for any nursing unit. I just don't want to end up somewhere, quit, and have to look for another job. I'm definitely going to ask to shadow the unit and talk to the staff. Anyone else have any other advice??
    shaddow the unit...yes...talk to the staff...I dont know. I think you need to make the judgement for yourself, which unfortunaltly isnt going to happen just shaddowing the unit. Qualities needed for med surg? be flexible.....you wont get out of work on time. Be patient...the doctors need that. BE PREPARED.....the doctors require that. Be open minded and AVOID the grapevine like the plague. You will have more whining and complaining on med surg that will eventually harden you to the profession like has happened to many other nurses.....remember everyday why you are a nurse....med surg as an RN is nothing like med surg as a tech or a student,,,,it is a hard transition and has a high level of responsibility. be prepared to be one of the only RNs on the floor bc they fill the other areas with LPNs which means YOU are the only one who can take care of fresh surgicals, admissions, IV pushes,central lines and so on...it is deffinatly nothing like working as a student in clinical...you will be charge nurse....with a load of patients yourself which are at a higher acuity than others....why? bc YOU are the RN.......just.....remember everyday adn remind yourself throughout the day why you are an RN.......THAT will get you through all of it.

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