Anyone start out med/surg? - page 2

I have seen a few openings in the past year for Labor/Delivery nurses in my area. I have always loved helping new moms with breastfeeding and women's health in general. I feel I have a good... Read More

  1. by   del2009
    Quote from strn96
    I worked Med/surg for about 1 1/2 years before transferring to OB (where I've been working for almost 8 yrs). OB is sometimes a tough field to break into, because directors typically give preference to applicants who have OB experience. Usually it is easier to get hired to an antepartum or mom/baby unit then L&D, so if you're ultimately wanting to work L&D you may need to apply for a position in a mom/baby or antepartum unit & then bridge to L&D.
    It will feel a little like you're starting over when you start a new specialty. I remember that my first few weeks I felt like I was "all thumbs" (partially because I was working at a new hospital with very different equipment). But typically you will regain confidence more quickly because you have experienced "settling in" before. And there are a few skill that do transfer.
    I agree that med/surg is a great starter experience. I will occasionally run into situations in OB (like giving heparin or blood, etc) where the nurses that have only worked OB are very uncomfortable, but I know what to do because of my old med/surg experience.

    thanks for your comment. i feel like an idiot almost everyday. very discouraging
  2. by   Ruby Vee
    i started out in med/surg as did most of my classmates. i learned a little about a lot of disease processes and a lot about being a nurse, taking care of patients, dealing with physicians and ancillary services. i grew up, became an adult and learned about being an employee and a coworker. when i was ready to go to icu, they hired me on the spot. orienting to the icu was a piece of cake -- i already had a broad knowledge base, i just had to build on it. i already knew the basics and could slap in an iv, ng and foley while reassuring anxious patients and guiding brand new doctors. i knew what kind of questions to ask and what i should look up on my own.

    i've noticed over the years that the nurses who start out in med/surg last longer, are generally happier in whatever job they end up in, and aren't as subject to burnout. dh, who started in icu says the same thing.

Anyone start out med/surg?