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What are the advantages of being a Med-Surg nurse?
Med-Surg nurses develop a broad knowledge base of many different medical diseases and conditions. They are able to execute excellent patient teaching based on this knowledge. They are often highly skilled in assessing small changes in a patient's condition that can prevent more serious problems from developing.
What are the disadvantages of being a Med-Surg nurse?
The Med-Surg floor is sometimes insanely busy. The floor is often short-staffed and the turn-over rate is high. Long hours, high acuity patients and hospital politics can lead to burn out if you do not pace yourself.
What qualities should a Med-Surg nurse have?
The ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound!!! OOPS, Sorry! That is SuperNurse, 'er...umm...Superman. Seriously though, the most important quality a Med-Surg nurse should have is a sense of humor. You will face things that will be much easier to stomach if you can laugh about it. Secondly, a sense of confidence can put your patients at ease and let them feel as if they are in excellent hands (which they are, of course!). The ability to prioritize and manage your time wisely is also important. Remaining professional and courteous even in times of high stress is a must for any nurse, but especially in Med-Surg.
What types of patients are admitted to Med-Surg units?
Your patient load can vary from simple 23-hour observations to chronic (frequent flyer) patients with multiple medical issues. Common medical conditions that patients are admitted with are the following:
"You want to leave AMA because I won't give your pain medicine 2 hours early? Be my guest."
"You don't know why your blood sugar is 495? Could it have anything to do with the donuts that your family brought in for you to eat because we were starving you on a 1800 cal diet?"
"If you push that call light one more time for something stupid, it is going where the sun does not shine."
"I certainly believe you when you say that you do not use illicit drugs, but your urine drug screen states otherwise."
"No, I will not hold your penis for you to urinate. Neither one of your hands are broken, nor have you had a stroke."
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