NY RN: Looking to further my education, TIRED OF MED SURG!

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Did the title captivate you? Do you feel the same?

I am a RN in my second year of working on a busy med surg floor in hospital that is a part of a well known system in NY. I came into this position bright eyed and bushy tailed. But working here is emotionally draining. I love being a nurse, and I love caring for my patients. And I always say my coworkers are a huge reason why I haven't left thus far.

Maybe its the nurse to patient ratio, maybe its the lack of support of the nursing staff. I don't know. But I really think I am OVER direct patient care, at least here, or ANY other kind of medical/surgical/ ICU type of unit. This is my first position as a nurse but I am really looking into possibly going to the OR. The problem is a lot of places want experienced nurses :cautious: then there goes that classic statement of " how do you get experience if no one will give you any?".

I feel like I am ranting, I just wanted to know if anyone else has ever felt this way. Staying is NOT an option so please, you don't have to try to convince me. I feel like a caged bird. I need to be set free. Any body have any ideas?'

Also I was thinking of going back to school online. Possibly a dual nursing program?(MSN/MBA)? I don't see any schools that offer it online only. And Stony Brook's online program only talks about nurse leadership/ nurse education courses.


RNperdiem, RN

4,592 Posts

Why do you think some departments are always hiring? Nurses don't last long in some areas, and new grads are not in a position to be picky about their job options.

Further education as an escape route is a bad idea unless you have a real plan of were you want to end up and if the education you pay so much for will get you there.

Have you worked anywhere else in nursing? Until you have done full exploration of what is out there, you might find a part of nursing that fits you better.

I barely lasted a year in med-surg.


805 Posts

Specializes in LTC, Agency, HHC.

You are in the hospital system, and can't transfer units? Most places hire internally....so I don't know why the excuse they give you is they want someone with experience, since you already have 2 years of M/S...

I know how you feel. I spent 6 years in LTC and now 2 in HHC. I am getting bored and need a change. I get the excuse "You can't do that, you aren't a RN"....to now that I am a RN "You need experience"....UGH!!! It's not my fault that people decide they don't want to stay in a department....I know what I want to do, but I "don't have experience"....and "It takes a lot of money to train someone..." Nawwww, really? Heck, give me the job that I want and I'll sign a contract and stay for 2-3 years. Maybe more, who knows. It's partly the hospitals fault for not being more prepared.


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Specializes in Telemetry, Med-Surg, DOU/Step-Down.

chamberlain.edu offers an msn/mba double major if you're down.

but all nurses go through that "no bedside care phase". with only 2 years experience, there aren't many leadership positions. maybe look into home health, or commuity health nursing. if you have your bsn, you could grab a quick phn certificate (public health nurse) and that would take you away from the bedside as well. discovernursing.com has info on tons of nursing specialties. check it out.

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