I just recently found out that I passed the NCLEX-RN! And now the job search begins. But my dilemma is this: I have always wanted to work in Geriatrics and have pretty much come to the conclusion that I am going to be working in a Nursing home. Many of my peers who graduated with me think I am nuts to want to work in this area. But honestly, working on a Medical-Surgical floor in a hospital does not appeal to me. But I am apprehensive about my choice, because all of my instructors have drilled it into our heads that we need at least a years worth of Med-Surg experience before we work in our chosen specialty. Can anyone offer me any guidance? Is it possible to work in this area without having any Med-Surg experience? Thanks in advance for any advice given!
Mar 23, '02
Welcome, Paula! Congratulations on passing your boards. I went right to LTC after school and so did two of the other nurses at the facility I worked at. I never liked working in the hospital but always felt right at home in LTC. YES, you can go right to LTC. It is true that you will not pick up the same breadth of knowledge in a short time that you would working med/surg. If you go to work on a skilled unit though you will maximize your exposure and opportunities to apply your skills while working in the type of setting you prefer. Go for it!
Oh, one more possibility for you to consider...see if there are any LTACH units in your area (Long Term Acute Care Hospital). You would get the broader exposure there and a chance to practice lots of skills (IV's, trachs, ng tubes, complicated dressings etc) and yet they are there for longer stays so you get more chance to form relationships with them as you do in LTC.
Last edit by aimeee on Mar 23, '02