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Ortho - a stepping stone?

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by Apple-Core Apple-Core (Member)

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Let me pre-face this that I am asking this from a genuine place - I am not looking to putdown ortho nurses in any way because in fact I hope to be one! However, I guess the message I have gotten thru school and from professors and such is that Med Surg nursing is a "stepping stone" a "great place to start" and "a place to hone your skills"....thus, the under-lying message is that Med-Surg, and especially ortho since it is often dealing with post-surgical bone stuff, is for "beginners" or, worse, for nurses who weren't quite "good enough" to handle ICU, NICU, or ED.

AGAIN - this is the message I have gotten from others, and it is NOT what I am trying to say is my POV. I guess I am looking for reassurance against this wave of opinion though. Yes, I know I shouldn't care, but it has bothered me - more than I care to admit.

I guess if I keep hearing "it's a good place to start", it's almost as if they're saying, "you won't want to stay once you've got your skills and experience"...like it's not good enough, or something.

AC

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The"wave of opinion" is wrong. Or you are misinterpreting what they are saying.

A med/surg or ortho unit nurse who can handle the same  4-6-8 patients during an eight hour shift. Then come back 16 hours later to the same patients,  is doing something most ER or ICU nurses could not do. To say nothing of a nursing home  nurse who may have four times that many patients.

A good Ortho nurse who knows to keep on top of the pain. Knows how to position the extremity. Knows how to educate the patient and their family on how to manage at home. That is as much a specialty as any ICU or ER nurse.

IF your professors are ONLY implying that med/surg is a good place to start as a new grad, even be a stepping stone,  IF your dream is to work ICU, ER, or any other specialty unit in a hospital, that may be accurate. Many specialty units prefer nurses who have some med/surg nursing. But your interpretation that it means med/surg or ortho is less than other units is wrong, wrong, wrong.

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1 hour ago, brownbook said:

The"wave of opinion" is wrong. Or you are misinterpreting what they are saying.

A med/surg or ortho unit nurse who can handle the same  4-6-8 patients during an eight hour shift. Then come back 16 hours later to the same patients,  is doing something most ER or ICU nurses could not do. To say nothing of a nursing home  nurse who may have four times that many patients.

A good Ortho nurse who knows to keep on top of the pain. Knows how to position the extremity. Knows how to educate the patient and their family on how to manage at home. That is as much a specialty as any ICU or ER nurse.

IF your professors are ONLY implying that med/surg is a good place to start as a new grad, even be a stepping stone,  IF your dream is to work ICU, ER, or any other specialty unit in a hospital, that may be accurate. Many specialty units prefer nurses who have some med/surg nursing. But your interpretation that it means med/surg or ortho is less than other units is wrong, wrong, wrong.

Thank you! I needed to hear that! Yes, I agree, it could be my own interpretation which is why I was looking for input from others to redress the balance, so to speak.

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Thank you! I needed to hear that! Yes, I agree, it could be my own interpretation which is why I was looking for input from others to redress the balance, so to speak. 😊

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