Hugs to you MVH119.
My NHS hospital did this to us 2 years ago. They closed down our medical ward and redeployed us. I ended up on a surgical ward (i hadn't taken care of a surgical patient since nursing school
). My first day on my new surgical ward I was the only RN on duty that shift. So much for orientation. The **** hit the fan basically.
I don't think some of the other posters on this thread can get their heads around the differences between the US and the UK causing them to be a bit negative.
In the US there isn't any nationwide hiring freezing. If you don't like the hospital you are at you can apply to the one down the road, or an hour away. You can commute a little further if you want to. Gasoline is actually affordable there. I really think things are much, much, much more limited in the UK as far as jobs. But it might be hard for someone who has never lived over here to grasp. I think that is why you got some negative responses.
I am really sorry to hear that you ended up in critical care. When they closed my medical ward down and I ended up in surgical I hated it. But you have made a much bigger jump from plastics to ITU.
After a year on that surgical ward they did re-open my medical ward so things turned out all right. Is that a possibility in your trust?
Unfortunately they have now announced that they are closing 2 wards at my hospital at the end of the month and rumour is that it will be the medical wards. I am terrified about where I am going to end up working without orientation. I know from experience that I won't get orientation. But if I want to pay my mortgage then I have to do it. One job did come up on the children's ward at my hospital and they had 574 applicants. There are no other vacancies AT ALL.
I hope things work out for you. Hopefully another job will come up, in the mean time.....hang in there.