Soon to be New Grad

  1. Hi Everyone,

    I will be graduating in December and I'm trying to decide what to do with my life. I did an externship at Cooper in South Jersey in the ER and love the ER but there are some things that just don't sit right with me. I don't know if thats the right place to start, even though you learn a ton, especially at Cooper. I don't know if maybe I should start somewhere else like CCU or ICU. I know I definetely can't do med/surg, I still need some kind of adrenaline rush. Anybody with any suggestions, I'll take them. The other thing is I'm torn between Cooper and Virtua so any help there I'll take that too. I did all of my rotations at Virtua so I feel comfortable there as well, just two totally different hospitals. Thanks everyone. I look forward to being a part of this.

    Cindy
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    About mollylalarn

    Joined: Oct '06; Posts: 5

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  3. by   Tweety
    Welcome! Good luck to you. Med-surg gives me all the adrenaline rush I need.
  4. by   GregCP, RN
    A buddy of mine graduated the program valedictorian, said he'd go straight into ER, which he did, now.....he's working as a cashier at the local Mall's JCPenny. Why? Nurse eating their young, no experience, nursing errors...he never quite gave me an upfront answer...all i know is, whatever happened, made him give up nursing all togehter. My suggestion, as a new grad, get a solid foundation on Med Surg..then go into more critical care. I guess what i'm saying is...you gotta crawl before you can walk. Going at a full sprint too early may have you end up falling flat on your face.
    Last edit by GregCP, RN on Oct 19, '06
  5. by   mollylalarn
    Thanks for your reply. I see you have Trauma med surg down as your specialty, are you doing that or strictly med surg. I appreciate your input
  6. by   mollylalarn
    Thanks for that reply, I keep asking instructors and they say go wherever you want because everywhere is a specialty now a days. Also they say to pick something I know I will like but I still feel I have more learning to do and I know I'll learn in an ER but maybe not the way I should like on a floor. I was also thinking maybe a step down unit may be the answer. I'll keep thinking about it before I put those applications in. Thanks again.
  7. by   GregCP, RN
    No problem Molly.....please dont be discouraged by my story....he was just a close friend of mine...so I thought I just share that. There are a lot of ppl that I know, who go straight into critical care and do great! Good luck to you!
  8. by   Tweety
    Quote from mollylalarn
    Thanks for your reply. I see you have Trauma med surg down as your specialty, are you doing that or strictly med surg. I appreciate your input

    It's "trauma med-surg". i.e. the the non-critical trauma patient. We take patients from the ER or from ICU after their downgraded. We get a wide variety of patients, mostly orthopedic injuries from car crashes, but also assaults, stabbings, shottings, suicide attempts, falls from heights, etc. We also have to take the overflow of garden-variety med-surg patients. It's interesting.

    Good luck in whatever you do. Nurses do not eat their young, but the ER can be a tough, demanding place for a new grad. I've seen several new grads leave the ER for the floors because it's sink or swim, no time for hand holding and coddling, and many old folks don't like having new grads in the ER and are unsupportive.

    I don't believe in going into med-surg as a springboard to other areas, but many people do. People who don't want med-surg shouldn't have to suffer through it "to gain skills", because those skills can be learned in the speciality unit as good as they could in med-srug. But everyone has an opinion, and there are few threads here if you do a search. I would however, make sure the ER internship is supportive and adequate.
    Last edit by Tweety on Oct 24, '06
  9. by   slou!
    I am not a Nurse (yet, 4 more years I'm a freshman) so I can't give you any advice, but I just wanted to say congratulations and welcome! I live right by Cooper and close to Virtua too =)
  10. by   mollylalarn
    Cool, thanks for the message. I wish you a lot of luck!!! Its probably going to be one of the hardest things you do in your life but its so rewarding. I love every minute of it. Let me know if you need any help, ever! Thanks again!! Maybe we'll see each other at work someday

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