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  • Oct 9 '15

    I hated med-surg and I moved on quickly. Never regretted it once! Still a nurse, just in a different arena.

  • Oct 9 '15

    I'm feeling the same way as you and still do after 3 years! Med-surg is awful but there are few who love it and God bless them for it! I'm trying to get out into clinic type jobs, insurance, or outpatient surgical centers. I don't mind patient interaction, I HATE bedside! I think if we had more support and help it would be better but its not going to get better. A nurse said to me the other day how she likes bedside and actually likes (or doesn't mind) changing briefs! I guess some people really do love it, not all of us do and that's okay. I've stuck it out because I didn't want to let down my family and wanted them to be proud of me. I went to ER and thought it would be great experience and how my family would be proud of me but I'm miserable still and I'm learning I need to stop doing what I think other people want me to do or care about what they think about me. I go into work almost having anxiety attacks and am dealing with depression that I've never felt before because of my work situation. Do what makes YOU happy! Whatever that is, who cares what anyone says what you should do. Your not them and they are not you. Everyone has their own path they need to follow.

  • Sep 22 '15

    I have to agree with brownbook above... working in ambulatory surgery pre/post op is kind of a no brainer job in my experience. I work mostly in the PACU side and the vast majority of the time all I do is push pain and/or nausea drugs. That said, I am very happy with my job. It can get a bit boring, but for the most part the quick pace, variety of cases, and quick turnover of patients keeps you from getting too bored. It can be a bit challenging to get into tho, at least in my area, as it is a coveted position. Many of the nurses have been there for 20+ years and have no intentions of leaving until the day they retire. Good luck!

  • Jul 20 '15

    Quote from Rose_Queen
    I think it says more about how nursing schools are teaching. Med/surg is a specialty of its own; to say that everyone needs to start there kind of seems to disrespect that status. However, schools need to have students prepared at the basic level of functioning; instead, it seems that nursing grads need to be taught how to be a nurse after graduation, regardless of the specialty in which they work.
    This is why I am set on doing a new grad residency program! I don't feel nearly as prepared as I would like (clinically speaking). The theoretical knowledge is there, but I still feel extremely under prepared.

  • Jul 20 '15

    I think it says more about how nursing schools are teaching. Med/surg is a specialty of its own; to say that everyone needs to start there kind of seems to disrespect that status. However, schools need to have students prepared at the basic level of functioning; instead, it seems that nursing grads need to be taught how to be a nurse after graduation, regardless of the specialty in which they work.

  • Jul 16 '15

    I find it extremely easy and enjoyable. Basically your are doing relatively minor surgeries on relatively healthy people....if they had acute medical/health problems or required major surgery they would not be done in an ASU.

    So as I said it is easy, no brainer, the most meds you use are antibiotics in pre op, anti nausea and pain meds post op. So this old nurse loves it (I had enough of acute care/intensive care nursing). The pace is fast, move em' in, move em' out, the more surgeries they can do each day the more money they make.

    I guess the draw back is loosing some acute care nursing skills? It is great for gaining IV skills though, unless in your ASU anesthesiologists start their own IV's.

    Plus we are closed nights, weekends, and holidays. (Actually occasionally a surgeon pre-schedules an over night patient, we have a few on call nurses for those occasional shifts.)

  • Jul 16 '15

    I've worked primarily in my facility's inpatient ORs, but we've also had our share of same day surgery patients to fill open slots and have filled in to work on the ambulatory side. The pace is very quick, with cases being short and turnovers being even shorter. The focus is on get 'em in and get 'em out. It can be stressful at times, especially if moving from one case to another type of case that requires a lot of extra equipment. However, we've got some great teamwork that helps things move smoothly.

  • Apr 29 '15

    I have noticed a rash of posters here asking for advice, opinions and help, only to get all puffed up when people are honest and frank in their replies.

    Here is the basic rule on a general open forum such as this:

    If you don't want to know the truth, don't ask. If you cannot handle the truth, don't put your situation out there for general consumption.

    Another fact: People don't have to agree with you to be helpful.

    Seriously so much "butt hurt" that is so unnecessary.

    I see a lot of helpful posters trying to answer questions honestly, only to be slammed for being "rude"......

    Just keepin' it real and wondering if it's just me noticing a big trend here.

  • Mar 10 '12

    Now everybody knows, and cannot say that they don't. Go meet with your educator and your manager ALONE. There is no need to involve the bully. Say, "What can I do? I like this place, I wanted to work here and thought I'd like to stay for many years...." I feel that YOU (nurse manager/educator) are the only ones who I feel a professional relationship with, and can trust (could be a fib, but say it anyway).

    Why do people attempt to keep bullies in the loop? The bully is dirt and needs to be treated as such by YOU AND YOUR MANAGMENT.

    @Nurse managers: if you want not to be made the fool, you would take out any nurse who behaves this way. You won't get respect from me till you grow a pair.

  • Mar 5 '12

    I'm kind of with you on that. Office work is so much nicer and you can't put a price on lifestyle.

    Quote from Been there,done that
    I cannot FATHOM why any nurse would leave an office gig for LTC.

    If you need to make up the salary difference.. take 2 days a month somewhere.. .

  • Mar 1 '12

    They are very fortunate enough that you gave them two weeks. In at-will states, there is absolutley no need to give 2 weeks notice (unless it is in a contract you signed).

    Instincts are pretty spot on, IMO. You''ll find something else that you like. Life is way to short to me in a job that makes you unhappy.

  • Mar 1 '12

    I agree that it is easier to find a job when you already have one. I went for an interview some time back and was told by the employer that they were only looking at people who currently had jobs. I can't remember his reasoning why but that is what he said. On the other hand, if there is one thing I have learned from working in this field it's that when you get that feeling that it is time to go you better listen! So best luck to you. You will find something else and there is no use in being miserable in the meantime.

  • Feb 20 '12

    I'm a relatively new nurse (about 5 months in) working on a surgical floor at a local hospital. I've just spent the last couple of hours browsing this site (yes, I'm on a night shift schedule and have nothing better to do on a night off at 4 in the morning), and I don't think I've seen one positive thread yet. Sure it's good to get all that negative stuff off your chest, but I'm going to be a wet-behind-the-ears new nurse and start a positive thread for those of you new or old nurses that love your job.

    I have an incredible manager that cares about us on a personal level. For the most part I have great coworkers that respect and support me. I feel fulfilled when I leave the floor each day. I'm learning something new about life constantly. I love my patients, even the bad ones, and the challenge of making their day a little bit better. I learn from them and through them. I love the constant change of pace and situations. The pressure of caring for people at the most vulnerable points of their life.

    In short, I love my job and the choice I made that brought me here. I know I have a lot left in front of me, but I'm glad to say this is where I'm meant to be.

  • Feb 20 '12

    We are also $70 for a 7 hour day. Ridiculous if you ask me considering they require a bachelor's degree to sub.

  • Feb 20 '12

    How do they get anyone to work? I'm thinking I would not do it for $70/day..then taxes come out? Where do you all live? Is this a public school?