I have worked in a variety of departments in different sized hospitals. I could have had a nice day surgery job at a former hospital and at my current hospital. I worked there part time and became bored. To me, I felt like I was on a factory line. Admit them, off to surgery, receive them and then discharge them. I had no real contact and any education was simple and quick.
You will see a variety of illnesses and surgeries when you work med/surg. I have been a Med/Surg nurse for over 20 yrs and was certified in Feb. I proudly sign CMSRN behind my name.
Now with that being said a hospital can make or break any nursing floor. I used to float at two other hospitals. The bean counters totally understaffed every floor. All the nurses worked their a$$e$ off in every single dept. It was not fun. It caused a lot of burn out and I was included in those casualties. It wouldn't have mattered what floor I worked on. Again, I floated and everyone was understaffed.
Fast forward to a wonderful hospital, good management and DECENT staffing. Do we have crazy days? Sure we do. So does ED, ICU, FBC, OPS and everyone else!
Your coworkers are your lifeline. If you work with a good team, anything is possible on those nutty days. When it get's bad at work, we have one RN that will break into songs and soon many of us are doing a little dance move down the hall, lol. We tell bad jokes, we do all sorts of goofy things. I know I will always have back up, because I have a good nurses working with me.
Sorry about the rambling and the long post. I just become so frustrated when people come to the med/surg forum and whine about med/surg. It's not med/surg that is bad. It's your hospital that sucks.
Now.. for you.. Sounds like you have a sweet deal! Take the job and run. If your hospital is like mine, get yourself involved in committees. If you don't like where you work, then take the time to change it.
Good luck, welcome to Med/Surg and please keep us posted.