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Hi all ... thought it was about time to have a Med-Surg roll call .... please repond by telling us if you work in med-surg .... how long you have been there and if you plan on staying in med surg .... also, please let us know if you hold certification in med-surg through ANCC or AMSN. Thanks ....
I am a Med-Surg RN, too.
Although I have worked in other areas of the hospital off and on during my 18 years as a nurse, I always end up back in Med-Surg -- mostly because when I interview for a job, the one thing that sticks out the most on my resume or experience status is Med-Surg, and the greatest need still seems to be Med-Surg. I've also found that most hospitals aren't open to allowing experienced nurses the opportunities of changing from Med-Surg to a different expertise. I've tried many times to switch without success.
New Grads have it made. They get whatever they want. Oh to be a "new grad" again.
Med-Surg does offer the diversity of patients that other areas of nursing do not offer, so I feel like a "Family Practice Nurse" who sees all, dabbles in a lot, but specializes in nothing specific. If there's an orifice on the body, you'll explore it in Med-Surg. :chuckle
I do not hold certification in Med-Surg. Nurse recruiters have pretty much done the steering of my nursing experience into Med-Surg with no hopes of getting out of it. So, from my experience.........it's true if you start in Med-Surg, you'll retire in Med-Surg. Careful which area you start in. :uhoh21: