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Joined Aug 20, '09 - from 'Somewhere in the USA'. tokmom is a CMSRN. She has '30' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Certified Med/Surg tele, and other stuff'. Posts: 4,679 (61% Liked) Likes: 8,637

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  • Dec 7

    No and we never will be because we can't even respect each other.

  • Dec 2

    Op, excellent question. I have no idea where the idea of med/surg being a sucky place to work ever started. We probably will never know. Nurses who work on med/surg are viewed as "less than," and not a true specialty. We are ONLY med-surg nurses (rolling eyes). It boggles my mind that a bunch of grown woman (because nursing is primarily women) LOVE to bash other specialties and consider them less than. It's so freaking childish. We will never EVER move forward and have the respect of society and other health care professionals until we start liking each other!

    I enjoy med/surg and will never leave unless I leave bedside altogether. It rankles my hide to hear new grads say they are being tortured having to work med/surg and can't wait to leave. Constant turn-over is bad for moral and many never give it a chance.
    I enjoy the challenge of the patients and family. I see people become well and go home and I'm proud to be a part of the process.
    I have worked a variety of departments and I kept going back to med/surg. I always found something "wrong" with the other department such as not using my critical thinking skills or monotonous/assembly line care. One day I realized that I'm a true blue med/surg nurse. I'm certified in med/surgical and very proud of my RN-C.

  • Nov 28

    I was told by the boss that I could use my PTO, because that's what it is for. I reminded her that PTO is actually for vacation. NOT to pay bills.

  • Nov 26

    I do. I never intended to stay in med/surg, but I always found my way back. I've worked same day, mother baby, GI, and did brief stints in ED and PCU. Even though I liked those departments, I became bored with them. Med/surg offered variety without the intensity of ICU.

    I finally realized that I was a true blue med/surg nurse and embraced my decision, lol. I became certified in med/surg and now fight for med/surg nurses, which is a specialty!

    One thing before I go...and I'm getting on soapbox... Med/surg is NOT a bad place to work. What makes it suck is the management that short staffs the department, therefore burning out the nurses.

  • Nov 26

    I do. I never intended to stay in med/surg, but I always found my way back. I've worked same day, mother baby, GI, and did brief stints in ED and PCU. Even though I liked those departments, I became bored with them. Med/surg offered variety without the intensity of ICU.

    I finally realized that I was a true blue med/surg nurse and embraced my decision, lol. I became certified in med/surg and now fight for med/surg nurses, which is a specialty!

    One thing before I go...and I'm getting on soapbox... Med/surg is NOT a bad place to work. What makes it suck is the management that short staffs the department, therefore burning out the nurses.

  • Nov 18

    Who's brainchild was this? Oh wait. ..people in suits and heels.
    Sheesh..

  • Nov 17

    Who's brainchild was this? Oh wait. ..people in suits and heels.
    Sheesh..

  • Oct 22

    Quote from RNdynamic
    This thread reads like an infomercial. Did the OP receive compensation for this piece?
    Oh I'm sure she is making MILLIONS on her post. Seriously? Can you not pot stir for once?
    Maybe she has had a good experience at her school and is sharing that experience. Gee, what a concept!

  • Oct 21

    This sounds so petty, but I need to vent anyway, because it's really bugging me.

    At our facility, we have a recognition paper that someone is to fill out if they catch a co-worker doing something nice for a patient or other co-worker. They are then posted for everyone to see.
    What bothers me is this seems to be a popularity club. I swear the same people are always tagged. I have been at this facility almost a year, and have never had one filled out.
    What really rankled me, was the one I saw the other day. It was filled out by the manager for a nurse that is as lazy as they come. I guess she FINALLY got up from the desk to help when asked. The manager saw this and filled out the form that made her sound like a saint. What about the other zillion times she's ignored her patients and pretty much passed meds and sat at the desk?
    My pt's tell me all the time how good their care was, and I was the 'best' nurse they ever had. I help any co-worker at any time. If I see someone struggling pt load wise, I'm right there to hang an IV or give pain meds. No questions asked. The other day, I was 40 min OT helping with a grieving family, who's family member passed away toward the end of the shift. They thanked me profusely for the hugs, and caring I gave them. My manager asked me why I was so OT (that I didn't put in for, because I wanted to stay, I wasn't forced)and I told him I wasn't putting in for OT, but just wanted to stay with these people toward the end, because they trusted me and were scared out of their mind.
    Now did I see my name up on the wall?? NOOOOOOO.

    See, I told you it sounds like I'm petty and doing good care because I only want recognition, but that is not the case. I'm not going to quit doing the good job I do, because it's my work ethic.
    I guess I need to sit at the desk for a few months and then suddenly jump up and help someone.

  • Oct 20

    I once complained to the nursing supervisor that I was about to pass out from lack of eating. I was also 5 months pg at the time.
    When she brought up yet another admit for me, she gave me a can of boost to go with it. That's how much she really cared if I ate or not.

  • Sep 24

    We had one doc that loved to have dramatic temper tantrums. Throwing charts, pens and flopping down in a chair throwing his arms up in the air.

    One day doc was having a whopper of a tantrum. The chart went sliding down the station floor, a pen went whizzing past someones head. The dr the flung himself in a chair. Guess what? As he sat down, the chair, with wheels, moved. Doc hit the ground hard, lol. Sort of put a damper on his drama.

    The rest of us scattered like mice, snickering down the hall, and left him sitting there.

  • Sep 17

    My philosophy is to not kill anyone or miss any orders during my shift.
    It took me one shift on my own to develop this practice/philosophy. lol.

    I recommend this approach to all new grads.

  • Sep 10

    My philosophy:

    1) Make no med errors

    2) catch any pt circling the drain before they code

    3) get out on time

    4) get my lunch at the very least

    5) Be mindful of burn out

  • Sep 8

    Every department is its own specialty. That wasn't aimed at you, OP, but that comment drives me nuts.

    If you can stick it out for 6 months just to get the background. Even psych pts get sick suddenly.
    After your six months then leave.
    Having 7 pts is crazy. We max at 5.

  • Sep 4

    Every department is its own specialty. That wasn't aimed at you, OP, but that comment drives me nuts.

    If you can stick it out for 6 months just to get the background. Even psych pts get sick suddenly.
    After your six months then leave.
    Having 7 pts is crazy. We max at 5.


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