Quote from FreshRN05
I have been offered positions in the float pool and telemetry but with some advices from other nurses here I have decided that medical-surgical might be more realistic for me to start my career in nursing. I had an interview today with the medical-surgical director and later this afternoon she called me and told me that I have been considered. Next week, I will be intouched with the HR for my processing. I'd like to ask the opinion of any of you regarding my decision. I'm a recent RN graduate and just passed the boards. I do not have any previous hospital experience besides nursing school.
The following are my questions:
1)I have two shifts choices in the med-surg unit; FT days or FT nights.
2) In transitioning from student to an RN, which of these 2 shifts do you think I should consider ( I'm married with 2 kids at home, ages 4 and 10).
3) The nurse-patient ratio is 5:1, 3 months orientation with a preceptor...does this sound fair? I live in CA and the director told me that this ratio is what applies to CA law and they strictly abide by the law.
Wish our state had a law like this!!
5) My starting salary is $23.92/hr with $3.00 night differential (If I chose to do nights). Does this salary sound fair?
That sounds fair to me, but I live in Texas so..........
6) How do I prepare myself to be effective in Med-Surg unit?
Ask tons of questions, be observant, listen, be a "team player" and help others when you can, work on time management during preceptorship as much as possible but be open to the fact that sometimes and some days there is NO such thing-at least for me so far!!
7) What are the common cases seen in med-surg?
I work in a small rural hospital so what I see alot of are geriatric CHF, COPD, orth-ie fx hips etc., DM uncontrolled, lots of post-op hysterectomies, some pedi dx such as bronchitis, gastroenteritis, etc.
Please I need your input.
Congrats on your recent graduation and boards!! Doesn't it feel wonderful to have that behind you!!
So glad to hear that you are getting a PDA. I probably spent more on mine than I needed, but I love it and have used it almost everyday on the floor. I got my nursing programs from Skyscape. I have drug guide, procedure, quick reference for lab vals and tests. Comes in handy in so many ways and wouldn't know what to do with out it!!
Since you have children (me too w/ kids about the same age) I would go for days.
3 Months of preceptorship sounds great. I will probably get lots of flack for the next thing I say, but, if I were you, I would see if you could have more than 1 preceptor to work with. "Why" some may ask? B/C you get to see different aspects of things that work, especially w/ time management and handling doctors so you can get your own "groove" on. That worked really well for me and I feel like I learned so much from each.
I have only been on the floor since June 05 so I am still new too! I am so glad that I chose Med/Surge. Love the pace!!