climberrn 80 Posts Feb 14, 2007 OP means "original poster" :)Still wondering why people think med-surg isn't a specialty...? True, never thought about it like that but I'd absolutely cry if I got floated there...would not be competent AT ALL. There are so many things that get done on a M/S floor that I have no idea about. Couple that with a higher patient/nurse ratio...whew! To that I want to ask, does the externship matter so much when considering this? Since externships are generally only 8-10 week programs, I'm just wondering peoples' opinions on if it really matters what you do since it seems like it'll mainly be just a "taste" of things to come. No, I don't think it matters for an externship. I chose my externships based on my interest in what type of nursing I wanted to do. I did 2: one in telemetry, one in PICU. I'm now a PICU nurse, loved that, hated telemetry.--I'm in my medsurg rotation right now, and to be honest I really don't like it... To some extent from what I've seen, it almost reminds me of being a waiter, but providing a totally different service, lol.That's exactly the metaphor I use when justifying why I'm a PICU nurse. I can't give good service to more than 4 tables, definitely can't be a good nurse (me, personally) with too many patients.