Hi there! I know this has problem been posted a million times and I have been reading a lot of the posts, but I just wanted to get some advice from RNs who went from floor med/surg nursing to gastroenterology.
I have a year of RN experience on a busy surgical floor. 5-6 patients on days, fresh post op patients, transfers from ED/SICU, high acuity (lots of fresh trachs, blood transfusions, screwed up vital signs, calling residents all day long to clarify nonsense orders, management doing "patient rounds" and breathing down your throat because transport, MDs, pharmacy, are all taking too long, etc. You know, the usual. I primarily work 7a-7p but randomly get rotated to 11a-11p shift whenever my manager decides she would like to change my schedule.
I have an interview for GI at my hospital, hours are 10:30-7p mon-fri (on call one weekend a month). I am wondering if anyone has gone from 3 12's to 5 8's. Do you like it? I am afraid I will miss having 4 days off a week (although I usually spend a day recovering and have to go to bed super early to get up at 5:30 for a 12 hour shift). Not to mention I am so exhausted after work that I never go and do anything.. I am also wondering how you like GI compared to acute care. I am interested in learning something new and being able to get good at one thing (as opposed to 8 surgical services that I currently care for). I am excited about the interview but I keep second guessing myself and thinking I should just stay on the floor I am on. Its busy and crazy but I know everyone (I was a nursing assistant there as well) and I know the patient population well also.
Any advice would be appreciated!