Medsurg or Specialty unit?????

  1. I am about 4 months away from graduation from LVN school, and am wondering which is best in everyone's opinion for a 1st job....... Medsurg or specialty? I really am not too excited about medsurg, however I am super excited about Postpartum, wound care clinic, and ER. Do you think I will limit myself if I specialize right out of school? Just something to think about!
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  3. by   RoxanRN
    Quote from Mander2
    I am about 4 months away from graduation from LVN school, and am wondering which is best in everyone's opinion for a 1st job....... Medsurg or specialty? I really am not too excited about medsurg, however I am super excited about Postpartum, wound care clinic, and ER. Do you think I will limit myself if I specialize right out of school? Just something to think about!
    I think you ought to go for what you are excited in. This way, you WANT to do your best instead of feeling like you have to do "time." I would have been very unhappy if I would have been told I HAD to "floor" time when I graduated (I've had a great dislike for working regular floors [regardless of the floor's title - med/surg vs. ortho. vs. geri vs. etc] - no offense intended to anyone [I know there are those out there who have no desire to do what I do] - since paramedic school 11 years ago). I was able to go into the Neuro Critical Care unit upon graduation and have loved every minute of it.

    Good luck if whatever you decide!
    Roxan
    EMICT, RN
  4. by   girlnurse83
    I agree that you should do what makes you happy. I started as an LPN on a flex med-surg unit, which means that we opened and closed when needed. Because of that I was often floated out to other units, I gained experience with telemetry patients, ICU patients, ER, CBC, peds and gen med-surg. It was a great learning experience, and I found out that what I thought I liked wasn't really what I liked. As far as med-surg goes, yes it can soemtimes get boring but for the majority of the time there is so much to do that you are always busy and always learning- helps with time management skills. Hope this helps and I hope that you find your place!
  5. by   USA987
    Follow your heart. Med/Surg is a specialty unit in and of itself. I worked in Psych as an LPN prior to going on for my RN where I started out in ICU and am now a happy L&D nurse!!
  6. by   Mander2
    Thanks to all of you for your wisdom and insight!!!!! :hatparty:

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