I have heard my DON say that is not a problem because in a LTC setting the nurse does not have anyone to hold their hand. I would disagree because working on med-surg would hone your skills.
May 1, '03
If you do go straight to long term care, be prepared for difficulty if you decide to leave that setting. You do not get your med-surg skills cemented in while they're still fresh in your head.
And, you have not yet had a chance to hone your assessment skills. Your DON saying "you won't have anyone to hold your hand" is just a euphemism for "we're going to shove you into a position you're not ready for and you'll probably be charge nurse your first night on the job." Beware. Sadly, there is a school of thought that it's ok to put brand new nurses in positions of authority in long term care. It's inappropriate to have anyone "cut their teeth" without a mentor in a job where lives are at stake.
Good luck to you, and watch your back.
May 1, '03
Originally posted by Nurse Ratched get your med-surg skills cemented in while they're still fresh in your head.