should new grads work in med/surg?



i've worked in long term and subacute care unit for 3 years now as lpn and i love working with elderly population. i graduated from lpn to rn program in the last year and i still have this thought in the back of my mind that i should work in med/surg unit at the hospital to gain some acute care experience and to improve my knowlege and nursing skills. i think geriatric nursing is what i love the most :redbeathe:redbeathe:redbeathe so i think i'm going to stay with long term care nursing, but do you think i should work in med/surg first? thanks for any advice.

nrsang97, BSN, RN

2,602 Posts

Specializes in Neuro ICU and Med Surg. Has 22 years experience.

You could always work per diem at a local hospital in med surg to see if you like it. But if you love LTC/geriatrics the most then stay where you are happy.

ERNurse752, RN

1,323 Posts

Has 8 years experience.

Do what makes you happy. If you don't, you'll be miserable, and that isn't good for you or your patients. :)

Specializes in LTC. Has 25 years experience.

Go (or stay) where your heart leads you.


11 Posts

Specializes in med-surg.

I think if you love long term care then you should stay there. You will be more able to make career advancements if you start off in the area that you enjoy.


146 Posts

Go where you have the passion, if love geri - God bless Ya! Do what makes you happy, I did the year grind on med-surge while I agree it helps with the ole time managment deal - I think I would of better served to follow my bliss

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