Great thread, great info... please keep it coming and feel free to add any tidbits of helpful info as you think of them.
I am taking a closer look at the medsurge forum because I shall soon be doing some medsurge PRN in a nearby hospital in NC which I dearly love. Just a small hopital..200 or so beds, but under current reconstruction and expansion to incorporate more specailty units, etc. My best friend has worked on their medsurge unit for many years, and she will be one of my preceptors during orientation... a nice plus !
While I am in no way ready to give up my current employment at my dialysis facility, I have known from the get-go that once I graduated I would want to broaden my horizons and scope of practice. There is so much yet to learn and see and do, and medsurge does have enough to hold my interest for quite some time ! It certainly has a little something for everyone !
It's going to be scary as I've not done anything but dialysis for years... and this is the precise reason for wanting to do more. I'm anxious to begin utilizing other nursing skills and learning new things.
I'm in the process now of obtaining my NC licensure by endorsement.. Va. won't be a compact state until late next year.
Once I have my NC licence, I begin the orientation. That ALONG WITH holding down my regular shifts at my dialysis clinic... which means I'm going to be working some 70-80 hours a week for 4 weeks!
But just for the month of orientation... after that I'll be PRN status and can work at the hospital as often or as little as I want.
So it's going to be a hairy month...probably October when I do this. Don't expect to hear much from me around here that month.. I'll be collapsing on the bed as soon as I hit the door ! :zzzzz
After the month is over, however, I'll be back bugging the heck out of you medsurge ppl for info and insight !