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Get your med surg experience early!

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by Criello70 Criello70 (New) New

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I wanted to pass on some advice and help other avoid some pit-falls. 
I did psych nurse as my residency... as cool as it is, I think that I seriously handicapped myself right out of the gate

every time i try to pick up shifts on another unit, or even consider moving permanently, i get the same speech... "well... you are a psych nurse... you really don't have any med sug experience". 

med surg is a pain... its hard grunt work... but its like paying dues. you get the foundation, and you can go anywhere later. 

nurse residency programs are attractive, but if you dont get that foundation, you may find that other floor managers wont touch you, because they are from that old school "get your time in the trenches" (to be honest, i am beginning to think they are right) 

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Nurse SMS has 9 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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Yup. Right wrong or sideways, this is the way all of them think - mainly because those coming into an acute care floor environment without having had acute care before are at a significant handicap if they aren't given a good orientation. Most places don't have that kind of orientation to offer outside of the new grad internships/residencies.

It can be done but it is super hard to find. If you have a year or more of med-surg, you still can have trouble changing specialties, but not as much as if you start in something outside of acute care.

The biggest problem though with this kind of post is that there isn't an acute care job for every new grad that wants one. Some are going to have to start in psych or population health or SNF or LTACH or rehab or other types of nursing.

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I had a coworker with 6 years of med surg experience and she complained how hard it was to switch specialty. Problem is the hospital has to value her years of nursing experience but she does not have the relevant experience that the other specialty units need. Up to this point, she's still applying and applying for all other jobs besides med surg, but she still hasn't had the interview yet.

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beachbabe86 specializes in Oceanfront Living.

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Things must be so different now...I went straight out of my BSN program to the SICU taking care of fresh open hearts. Then the ER and then the OR in a three year period.  

I had a very diverse and effective career including psych and then public health nursing.  All the while having never worked med surg in my life.

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