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Starting my new job....


well, I graduated last month and am going to be starting my new job as a OB/MED-SURG float. I am excited and nervous all at the same time. I am especially nervous about training in OB. I didn't get too much training on it in school and just seems like the training process may be weird! Anyway, I am also nervous about starting med-surg. I didn't love it in school but have been advised by experienced nurses that a year of med-surg would be good for me. I know it will,but I don't want to hate it pulling out of the gate. I guess I am looking for encouragement that it will all be OK...thanks

NurseThis21, BSN, RN

Specializes in Adolescent & Adult Psychiatry.


I hope that was some nice encouragement for you! Congrats on your new job!

If you are a little concerned about your "like level" with med/surg, just chalk it up to the need to have some experience. Knowing that you won't have to stay in that field your whole life will hopefully bring some comfort to you. If you find that it's not your forte, then train for about 6-7 months and look into other areas that you may find more interesting. Also, you never know, you just might adore med/surg after a little while!

Personally, I went straight into psychiatry after I graduated, but I know that this is a field I will most likely stay in for a long time. However, it's great that you're getting a head start on enhancing your technical skills!

Also, when working, try to find one thing about your job that makes you happy. It could be interacting with your patient, conversing with staff, perfecting a skill, etc. This helps a lot and can give you a reason to wake up extremely early for such a challenging job! It just may keep a smile on your face too while you work!

Good luck with your new career and remember, the sky is the limit!