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Interviews....cardiac vs med surg

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Hello there,

I have a question for all you RN's out there. I am a new grad, as of yesterday when I passed my final. I haven't taken my NCLEX yet but will be as soon as my transcripts are released and received, it is already paid for, just have to schedule once I get ATT.

I have been sending out my resume and I have two interviews set up for next week. I am very excited. My question is this......one is in an area I think I really like. It is a cardiac position. The other is a med surg floor. I would like to hear pros and cons from ppl who have worked in either type of unit. I have done a clinical rotation both in med/surg and cardiac so I am somewhat familiar with both...but I know there are many of you with years of experience who could offer some good insight.

Thanks so much for your input :)

Ruby Vee, BSN

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching. Has 40 years experience.

Hello there,

I have a question for all you RN's out there. I am a new grad, as of yesterday when I passed my final. I haven't taken my NCLEX yet but will be as soon as my transcripts are released and received, it is already paid for, just have to schedule once I get ATT.

I have been sending out my resume and I have two interviews set up for next week. I am very excited. My question is this......one is in an area I think I really like. It is a cardiac position. The other is a med surg floor. I would like to hear pros and cons from ppl who have worked in either type of unit. I have done a clinical rotation both in med/surg and cardiac so I am somewhat familiar with both...but I know there are many of you with years of experience who could offer some good insight.

Thanks so much for your input :)

For your first job, pick the place where you feel the most comfortable. I don't mean the patients or the specialty. Which nurse manager did you feel most comfortable with? When you tour the unit during your interview, which feels more "right"? Which staff seems happiest and most welcoming? There is SO much to learn during your first year, it really doesn't matter which job you pick. You'll be learning tons either way. I will say that Med/Surg will give you a greater variety of patients and a bigger liklihood of finding the patient population that interests you most. You may find that you hate cardiac patients but renal patients fascinate you or general surgery keeps you interested and challenged or that neuro is your forte.