Anyone start out med/surg? - page 2

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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 understanding of women's health... Read More


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    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.
    Last edit by strn96 on Dec 6, '11
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    i did home health my first 6 mo out of nursing school (hated it), i then did med/surg with telemetry for the last 18 months. just transferred to L&D on 11/7/11 and I feel like a complete idiot nurse with no experience most of my days. Everything is so different and some of the nurses are just plain evil!!! In our L&D we do our own triage, and we also rotate to operating room and post-op for our c-section patients. have have our own 2 operating rooms and post op rooms on our locked unit. it is very overwhelming and i am starting to wonder if i made the right choice. This is what i wanted to do since i was a child, but boy is it hard and the other nurses with their sarcasm and pure evilness sure doesnt help.
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    Quote from del2009
    i did home health my first 6 mo out of nursing school (hated it), i then did med/surg with telemetry for the last 18 months. just transferred to L&D on 11/7/11 and I feel like a complete idiot nurse with no experience most of my days. Everything is so different and some of the nurses are just plain evil!!! In our L&D we do our own triage, and we also rotate to operating room and post-op for our c-section patients. have have our own 2 operating rooms and post op rooms on our locked unit. it is very overwhelming and i am starting to wonder if i made the right choice. This is what i wanted to do since i was a child, but boy is it hard and the other nurses with their sarcasm and pure evilness sure doesnt help.
    thanks for your comment. i feel like an idiot almost everyday. very discouraging
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    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
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    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.


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