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Hi need some encouragement!! Have been sub acute nurse 14 years and just got agency job

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by Monkeys1 Monkeys1 (New Member) New Member

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I am scared of transition from sub acute to acute care!! After 14 years I feel no confidence how different is basic med/surg than subacute?? So many patients that are so sick and have so many mess will my experience get me thru?? New agency job does not provide much orientation.

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Congrats on your new change! I would imagine that the hiring manager saw in you as a sub-acute nurse, your years of developong your bang up communication, triage and assessment skills; plus your desire to learn and contribute. Not to mention, your killer time management and prioritizing skills will come in handy in your new setting since you will be going from over 20 patients to probably no more than 8.... else you would not have gotten the position. =D 😁 Sub-acute nurses make excellent meg-surg nurse for all the attributes you possess in the acute care setting... breathe...you got it!!! It is simply learning their way they handle all the stuff you already pretty much handle.

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I am in a slightly similar situation. Accepted an offer for a position in Medical/Surgical/Telemetry. Fear of the transition and adjustment are my biggest hinders. I have worked in Sub-Acute, Ambulatory, Private Duty Peds and Corrections. Definitely a difference from what the new opportunity will present. How have you faired thus far? Any tips or strategies on making the transition as smooth as possible?

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Tboland88 has 1 years experience.

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Congrats! I understand how you would feel nervous, but just be confident in your skills and you will do great!

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If you have 14 years in subacute you will be absolutely fine in m/s. Obviously any new environment has a learning curve, but there are lots of young new nurses on m/s floors and you have 14 years of bedside nursing. After you get acclimated to how things go I am sure other nurses will be coming to you with their questions. Don't work yourself up into a nervous wreck. You'll be fine.

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