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Any hospitals hiring exp Med/surg nurses to fulfill specialty needs

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Hi, I am interested in working in the ER, PACU, or Dialysis but I have a solid background in Med/surg. Are there any hospitals willing to hire such an individual?

I was counseled to work a year at a hospital in Med/surg and then request a transfer. Is there anyway, that I can avoid wasting a career year of my life?

Overland1, RN

Has 22 years experience.

Hi, I am interested in working in the ER, PACU, or Dialysis but I have a solid background in Med/surg. Are there any hospitals willing to hire such an individual?

I was counseled to work a year at a hospital in Med/surg and then request a transfer. Is there anyway, that I can avoid wasting a career year of my life?

OMG... don't say that (the part about wasting) if and when you get an interview. Doing such will surely send your application to a most special place in the hearts of the HR Dept. :roflmao:

Seriously (again), a period of time working and learning Medical and Surgical (they are indeed different from one another) will help you polish your skills and teach you some things you need to know in order that you are successful in a specialized critical care area. Some of the best ER nurses I have worked with came from Surgical units - they can recognize a hot appy coming in the door and know how to deal with heads, necks, and bones, too.

"Wasting a career year" by pursuing and making the best of the opportunity may well be the best thing you can do in furtherance of your career and the care of your patients. Go for it. :yes:

LOL! wasting a year would describe exactly how I'd feel... I'm unwilling to post my entire resume on this forum but I am more than familiar with the medical surgical specialty. There is always something new that can be learned; however, does it have to be on the floor.

VICEDRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 5 years experience.

I disgree. The ER nurses I work with that came from the floor are forever floor nurses that came to the ER. It just shows in their work. They fail to respond quickly to changes in patient's condition. They assume everyone is stable (and it is a belief they possess in the very very very core of their being because of their background).

On the other hand, ER, PACU and dialysis are very different areas. Pick an area you are actually interested in and don't get seduced by the desire to work in critical care.

roser13, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho, ASC. Has 17 years experience.

Hi, I am interested in working in the ER, PACU, or Dialysis but I have a solid background in Med/surg. Are there any hospitals willing to hire such an individual?I was counseled to work a year at a hospital in Med/surg and then request a transfer. Is there anyway, that I can avoid wasting a career year of my life?
Does a year qualify as a "solid" med/surg background? Not a rhetorical question - after 1 year, I was just beginning to get my feet under me.

tokmom, BSN, RN

Specializes in Certified Med/Surg tele, and other stuff. Has 30 years experience.

First Med/Surg is a specialty and secondly working there only a year is not a lot and it certainly was not wasteful. Geez...

Having med/surg experience usually opens doors, not closes them.

tokmom, BSN, RN

Specializes in Certified Med/Surg tele, and other stuff. Has 30 years experience.

I disgree. The ER nurses I work with that came from the floor are forever floor nurses that came to the ER. It just shows in their work. They fail to respond quickly to changes in patient's condition. They assume everyone is stable (and it is a belief they possess in the very very very core of their being because of their background).

On the other hand, ER, PACU and dialysis are very different areas. Pick an area you are actually interested in and don't get seduced by the desire to work in critical care.

So Med/Surg nurses don't respond to an emergent situation? Your med/surg floors must be pretty low acuity, because everyone I worked on had pt's that were thisclose to crashing many times over including my current floor. Any person admitted to any dept in the hospital has the potential to crump.

Yes, I have more than a year of medical/surgical nursing.... Unwilling to specify my credentials but trust that you'd want me as the nurse to take care of you if you had to go to any Medical/surgical floor...

Guess I will have to waste another career year.... I can't wait till the pendulum swings back in to the nurses favor.

tokmom, BSN, RN

Specializes in Certified Med/Surg tele, and other stuff. Has 30 years experience.

Guess I will have to waste another career year.... I can't wait till the pendulum swings back in to the nurses favor.

It's really sad when you think that working on a med/surg floor is a big waste of your time and you are apparently not learning a thing.

Gosh, I have been a nurse for well over 20 years. I'm always learning and will continue to do so.

Aurora77

Specializes in Med Surg. Has 4 years experience.

Guess I will have to waste another career year.... I can't wait till the pendulum swings back in to the nurses favor.

It's only a waste if you consider it to be so. With all your experience, you should be a good candidate if there are jobs to be had.

I disgree. The ER nurses I work with that came from the floor are forever floor nurses that came to the ER. It just shows in their work. They fail to respond quickly to changes in patient's condition. They assume everyone is stable (and it is a belief they possess in the very very very core of their being because of their background).

On the other hand, ER, PACU and dialysis are very different areas. Pick an area you are actually interested in and don't get seduced by the desire to work in critical care.

I'm sure that would probably depend on the hospital they worked as floor nurses too. I was an intern at a level 1 trauma center and the patients on med/surg were high acuity. On the other hand, I was offered a job on a med/surg unit at a smaller hospital and the med/surg patients were cake. Their ICU patients were what you would've found on med/surg at the trauma hospital. The patients at the larger hospital were never assumed to be stable and there were more rapid responses and codes than I'd like to remember.

joanna73, BSN, RN

Specializes in geriatrics.

Actually, I've found that nurses working med surg or acute care units usually have great assessment skills. They need to be able to recognize and respond to subtle changes in patient condition BEFORE it becomes a matter of emergency. That's crucial. If they're already in emerg, usually they're going downhill fast.

It's really sad when you think that working on a med/surg floor is a big waste of your time and you are apparently not learning a thing. Gosh, I have been a nurse for well over 20 years. I'm always learning and will continue to do so.
I never stated that I saw med surg as a place that I would not learn anything.

tokmom, BSN, RN

Specializes in Certified Med/Surg tele, and other stuff. Has 30 years experience.

I never stated that I saw med surg as a place that I would not learn anything.

But if are learning, then it's not a waste of your life and time is it? ;)

Music in My Heart

Specializes in being a Credible Source. Has 11 years experience.

LOL! wasting a year would describe exactly how I'd feel... I'm unwilling to post my entire resume on this forum but I am more than familiar with the medical surgical specialty.
I 'wasted' a year in med-surg (at a tiny hospital, no less) and then 'wasted' a couple more years in the limited ER at the tiny hospital before I finally got where I wanted to be.

None of it was really wasted, of course, because each step enabled the next.

Would I be more competent had the years been spent in a L1 trauma center? Of course. That wasn't an option, however; what would have been a waste was sitting as an unemployed new grad when I had the opportunity to take a nursing job (albeit one that never would've led me to nursing school in the first place).

But if are learning, then it's not a waste of your life and time is it? ;)
When making a comparison to how much more new things I could learn in order to function in a Role that I am pursuing, it is a waste of time. I Would expect to learn in a msn/NP program but when I graduate I wouldn't be able to perform as a CRNA. If my goal is to ultimately perform as a CRNA, y waste time obtaining NP certs...

wish_me_luck, BSN, RN

Has 6 years experience.

If you have the med surg experience that you say you have, then it really shouldn't be an issue finding PACU/ICU, etc. jobs as you are considered to have experience. If not in your area of the country, then move. Places that are not city (i.e. rural) will take you, especially if you have as much med surg experience as you say.