Is Med/Surg attracting new grads? - page 4
Hello All, I am about to start my clinical consolidation with a preceptor on a med/surg floor. This is my main interest in nursing and why I chose to do my entire consolidation there. My fellow... Read More
Feb 23, '06Occupation: Registered Nurse Specialty: 12 year(s) of experience in Psych, Med/Surg, LTC ; From: US ; Joined: Nov '05; Posts: 1,734; Likes: 755I am working med/surg now and like it more than I thought I would. I am one that usually likes predicability and routines. However, its such a relief knowing that the difficult patients/families will only be there a few days/weeks max unlike in LTC where you can have them for years, even DECADES! So med/surg does have its benefits!!!
Feb 23, '06Occupation: Nurse Practitioner Specialty: 12 year(s) of experience in ACNP-BC ; From: US ; Joined: May '05; Posts: 1,039; Likes: 118I've been an RN for 7 months now & have been working on a med/surg/tele unit since July 2005. I love where I work. I usually get 8 or 9 patients and share with with an LPN, so it's not too bad. We get all types of patients-cardiac CP, abdominal pain, syncope, COPD exacerbation, GI surgery pts, alcohol withdrawal patients, change in mental status pts, anemia, GI bleeding, new onset diabetes, CVA patients, intestinal obstruction, cancer pts who need tele, renal failure, failure to thrive, and also a lot of gyn surgery pts-like hyperemesis gravidarum, vaginal or TAH, BSOs, miscarriages, you name it I've seen it! I feel like it's a real plus to have so many different types of patients-I've had pts. from age 16 through 100, and have seen so many different diagnoses in every single body system, and most with multiple issues. It can be very stressful but I am so happy I can juggle multiple pts with multiple issues and do everything I need to get done in a typical 3-11 PM shift. I feel like i''m learning a lot and feel comfortable accepting almost any type of patient assignment. I'm going to be starting NP school this summer (will be in the program for 3 years) so I feel like i'm getting great experience while studying to be an NP. So I really like med surg a lot.
Feb 27, '06Joined: Oct '05; Posts: 224; Likes: 38Quote from EmeraldNYLI really disagree that doing med/surg won't help you in ICU. In med surg you get to hone your organization skills and learn to THINK like a nurse should. In ICU, you need to have these skills very firmly under your belt, as these patients are so critically ill and, not to be melodramatic, on the brink of life and death. I am a new grad from summer of '06, and I am working in med-surg and about to go into cardiac step-down this summer. I have had fellow new grads go into ICU and a few of them have come out and transferred in to med-surg because ICU was just too much for them. They were part of the ICU 6-month new grad internship that we have at our hospital, as well. I'm not saying that this will happen to you, too, but I'm saying don't discount the learning experience new grads can get from working med-surg. It really is invaluable. Now that I'm a nurse and not just a student/CNA, I see that more clearly now than ever.Actually one of the hospitals I'm considering has like a 6 mo. ICU orientation program, they start new grads on stepdown/telemetry first. I don't see how doing med/surg will help me in ICU. Med/surg is a distinct speciality and it is totally different from an ICU environment-- managing about 8 patients instead of knowing absolutely everything about one or two patients. Rn_n_02, if your ultimate goal is to do ICU or another speciality, make sure you don't get "stuck" in med/surg. With the huge shortage of med/surg nurses, the hospital may be reluctant to transfer you to an ICU. Good luck and congrats on your new job!
BTW, I don't really know of anyone in my program who plans on doing med/surg. It seems like everyone wants to do ICU, peds, or OB.
PS- I also want to work ICU eventually.
Apr 18, '06Joined: Sep '04; Posts: 45After being a nurse in the NICU for a year- I can honestly now say I wish I had gotten a year of med/surg nursing. Why? Because I am now interested in other areas of nursing and feel like I will have to start all over again. Many of my nursing classmates are now getting offered great opportunities because of their med/surg experience. My only nursing experince has been in the NICU-when I go to apply to plastic surgeons offices they quickly suggest I go back to a med/surg floor. So I am now looking to see if I can even get a job on a med/surg floor because I don't even think I qualify as a new grad anymore. Anyways when ever I have students come on our unit and ask me for advice about med/surg vs. going straight to the NICU- I tell them if the NICU is the ONLY place you will EVER want to work then go for it. If you are not sure what kind of nursing you want to do (which was the case for me)then go to a med/surg floor and get those skills down because they will be so valued.