I've been enjoying reading the posts. Hats off to Guttercat who stated things so perfectly! I tried hard to get a "specialty" unit after school, especially ER which I loved, but I kept finding myself in Med Surg. I put in for a transfer and was granted a choice of 2 different units, but as I watched what their nurses did and observed their patient load I decided to stay in Med Surg. I was afraid my hours would be cut, and I felt I would be too bored. Don't have to worry about that in Med Surg. Now I'm charge and do some managerial duties. I couldn't be happier! I thrive on the constant challenges and the crazy-buzy. I agree that years ago (35 to be exact) it took me only one minute to do what now takes me 5 minutes. Over the years, I've worked in every area of the hospital plus LTC and Med Surg is the hardest. We really do have to know everything about every thing. AMSN will celebrate Med Surg Nurses on Nov 1-7...I thank God for the crew I have now!