I will graduate in December of this year. I'm really leaning towards becoming an OB nurse... but I also want to keep up to date on med surg skills. I was thinking of I guess "cross training" by working in OB but picking up one day a week on a med surg floor if possible, so I don't loose touch with what's going on. Do you guys think this is a good idea?
Apr 29, '05
While it can work well for an experienced nurse to do that, I don't think it is a good idea as a new graduate. It might not even be possible. How would you do orientation? A good hospital will require a new grad to complete an extensive orientation -- usually full time or nearly full time for a while. The immersion in your new role as a staff nurse is usually necessary to succeed in making that transition from student to confident, competent professional. The logistics of working that out would be tough, if not impossible.
Even if you could arrange it, I wouldn't recommend it. A new grad needs to focus on her new job if she wants to do her best. Having your focus divided would put you at greater risk for failing at both.
Life is all about making choices. Whenever you choose one option, you have to "let go a little" of the other option. When it comes to developing and maintaining nursing skills in all the different aspects of nursing -- we all need to realize that no one person can be good at everything and be an expert in every field. We seek the field that suits us best and let the others fade into the background. At some point, we need to simply have enough faith in ourselves and our abilities to believe that we can re-learn those skills if we need them in the future.
Good luck with whatever you decide.