Quote from Lovelymo79
You don't have to do that with the other rotations?
Perhaps it's that other rotations have some sort of focus and thread of continuity... so there's a ton of material but it's a ton of material related to pregnancy and childbirth, or related to cancer, orthopedic surgery, heart disease, etc. At the end of the term while you won't have mastered the field, you can feel like you have a general grasp of the area and can point to what you have learned.
Med-surg is a ton of material on a whole cross-section of conditions and procedures. It can feel like one is jumping all over the board and never really able to sink their teeth into it. CHF, COPD, diabetes, renal failure, gallstones, thyroid conditions, peptic ulcer disease, peripheral vascular disease, etc. You can finish off the term without having a clear sense of what exactly was learned. The med-surg rotation is more about practicing applying the nursing process in general to a variety of conditions than learning about the specific conditions and associated nursing care.You gain a patchwork of knowledge and skills, as opposed to a somewhat cohesive picture of a certain physiologic system or class of diseases. So you can come out of it feeling like for all of your work (a little bit of everything) that you don't know much of anything. Other rotations can feel more satisfying in regard to feeling like you've made concrete progress in your knowledge and skills.