Truth is after a lifetime in surgery 36 yrs, with the layoffs and lack of positions in our town in calif, med surg is out of the question , you become cornered into being a surgery nurse and they won't consider you capable of med surg nursing.even with prison clinical and hospital med surg experience last 2 yrs, they told me that isn't med surg nursing ...even though i told them i cared for termininally ill, developmentally disabled and diseases never encountereed often at hospitals i.e., als ,huntingtons disease ,end stage liver failure, on and on... The corporate hospital nurse interviewers are shopping around for nurse's here in calif.... So my suggestion is if you are new around 2 yrs or so in the o.r., now is the time to get out and get into med surg you can work your later years on the floor but not surgery and it's stressing trauma calls ,it will kill you, a lifetime career in surgery....in the end of career you will be discriminated from or's due to your age, forget being given any re-entry positions to the floor or other depts... I have a stack of rave personnel reviews ,drs letters, supv reviews ... The hospitals are pick and choose these days out here, for every job 200 show up and apply........older nurses aee being discriminated against and hospitals don't care about experienced skills... For all you who wave the nurse flag and will say well thats not my experience , obviously you have not been around and have no deep experience at other institutions and are a one town ,one hospital mindset... Others like us do... Wave your flags.....yea nursing, lets get rid of older nurses is/was my experience , such respect by the younger administrators and those that interview you!!!!!