What's the difference between these nurses?

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Hi. What's the difference between MED/SURG, ER and OPERATING ROOM nuses? Or should I say how is it different working in those areas? I'm interested in all three (but more towards ER) and I would love to hear about each of them before I decide to gain experience.

Also, if I become either NP or a CNS who specializes in surgery, would it require a lot of bedside nursing?

Thank you!

mugwump

245 Posts

I'm curious how far are you in school. When you do your clinicals you should have experienced these places then you can make a decision based on your experiences. Each nurse that works on any unit has their own unique experiences. First get your liscense then you can worry about where to work.

PamRNC

133 Posts

Specializes in med/surg. Has 12 years experience.

Take a look at the forums for each of the specialty areas you mentioned. There is a ton of information about the different workloads and working conditions inherent to each area. As far as advanced practice nursing goes, you should have some clinical experience under your belt before continuing on to your MSN, or DSN degree. If you do a search, I'm sure you can find plenty of threads/conversations covering your interests.

Welcome to nursing! :balloons:

imastudent

34 Posts

I'm curious how far are you in school. When you do your clinicals you should have experienced these places then you can make a decision based on your experiences. Each nurse that works on any unit has their own unique experiences. First get your liscense then you can worry about where to work.

im doing my GEDs right now :rotfl:

i didnt know my question was such an obvious one. will i be able to experience med/surg and er during my clinicals? when will i be able to do my clinicals? when im studying for my BSN degree?

RN4NICU, LPN, LVN

1,711 Posts

Has 15 years experience.
im doing my GEDs right now :rotfl:

i didnt know my question was such an obvious one. will i be able to experience med/surg and er during my clinicals? when will i be able to do my clinicals? when im studying for my BSN degree?

Clinicals are part of your BSN degree. They are scheduled and you go - just like class time.

suzanne4, RN

26,410 Posts

Hi. What's the difference between MED/SURG, ER and OPERATING ROOM nuses? Or should I say how is it different working in those areas? I'm interested in all three (but more towards ER) and I would love to hear about each of them before I decide to gain experience.

Also, if I become either NP or a CNS who specializes in surgery, would it require a lot of bedside nursing?

Thank you!

I answered your post in the other thread that you posted.

All areas of nursing require med/surg nursing to graduate. And OR nursing is definitely bedside nursing.........................

imastudent

34 Posts

I answered your post in the other thread that you posted.

All areas of nursing require med/surg nursing to graduate. And OR nursing is definitely bedside nursing.........................

so my clinicals will include meg/surg..will it also have ER and OR experiences?

Specializes in ICU.

Not to be rude, but ......I have read some of your other posts......

Do you know anything about nursing and what it involves?

Have you checked out or researched anything about nursing school?

I would strongly suggest you first research the field of nursing as a whole before deciding what specialty to go into.

Good Luck! :)

jessnurse05

73 Posts

so my clinicals will include meg/surg..will it also have ER and OR experiences?

Hi,

I'm in an ADN program and it is a little different from the local BSN program, but our clinicals are like this: we are assigned patients on the med/surg floor most days of clinical and our instructor guides our patient care, but we rotate to different departments on some clinical days and are precepted by an RN on those floors. We can request different departments that we want to go to (ie, ER, OR) and if we liked it there, we can request to go again, but most of our clincals are on med/surg.

imastudent

34 Posts

Not to be rude, but ......I have read some of your other posts......

Do you know anything about nursing and what it involves?

Have you checked out or researched anything about nursing school?

I would strongly suggest you first research the field of nursing as a whole before deciding what specialty to go into.

Good Luck! :)

yea..that's what a figured what im missing. nursing experiences! :rotfl: i havent even been to a hospital for years...i just wanted to get some info in nursing but one thing led to another and now im just full of info and none of them fit into places :uhoh21: but ill figure it out after i finish my BSN program =)

imastudent

34 Posts

Hi,

I'm in an ADN program and it is a little different from the local BSN program, but our clinicals are like this: we are assigned patients on the med/surg floor most days of clinical and our instructor guides our patient care, but we rotate to different departments on some clinical days and are precepted by an RN on those floors. We can request different departments that we want to go to (ie, ER, OR) and if we liked it there, we can request to go again, but most of our clincals are on med/surg.

so med/surg experience is a must. and i will get the er experience only if i request for it??

also does the clinicals during your BSN program count as nursing experiences when applying for a MSN program? i dont think im going to jump right into the MSN program after i finish my BSN but just wondering..when they say that i need experiences that means jobs that i get outside of school on my own right?

LPN1974, LPN

879 Posts

so med/surg experience is a must. and i will get the er experience only if i request for it??

also does the clinicals during your BSN program count as nursing experiences when applying for a MSN program? i dont think im going to jump right into the MSN program after i finish my BSN but just wondering..when they say that i need experiences that means jobs that i get outside of school on my own right?

You should do a rotation in every department that the hospital has.

That includes med/surg, ER, surgery, Pediatrics, OB, recovery, and I may be missing some.

You won't have the option of opting out of these rotations. They are required.

It could last 4 to 6 weeks in each department, that's MY estimate, it might be more.

And you may even do some rotations in facilities outside of the hospital.

You could be going to some nursing homes in the area, or maybe some other places your instructors have arranged for you to go.

I'm not sure what your other questions mean.

Maybe someone else can answer those.

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