Hmmmm.... first off, congrats on graduating!!!! :hatparty:
Med-surge nursing, in my opinion, is rather hard to define actually. Everyone who has ever done it may have their own opinion. I have two definitions:
A med-surge nursing unit would be defined as any inpatient unit in which just about all of the basic skills that you learned in nursing school
are put to the test. On a med-surge unit you are likely to insert foley catheters, start IV's, change all different kinds of dressings, give lots of different types of medications, do lots of charting, admit patients, discharge patients... in addition, on what I would define as a TRUE med-surge unit, you will encounter MANY different types of patients of many different ages, with many different problems. To me, the neurology/neurosurgery unit DOES sound a bit more specialized than the general medicine unit; however I myself still believe that you will get great experience on the neurology unit. I believe that on that unit, you will definately still use most, if not all, of your nursing skills.
Here's another way that I define med-surge... a more generic, yet perhaps controversial definition.
If you are working in:
A Labor/Delivery Hall
An Operating Room
An Endoscopy Unit
A Psychiatric Ward
A Dialysis Clinic
A Nursing Home
... than you are NOT a med-surge nurse. I believe that in a lot of these specialties, many learned skills go by the wayside. They are GOOD specialties mind you, but they won't give you the experience honing all of the practical skills, that med-surge nursing will.