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Who Did NOT Do a Year of Med Surg?

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Satori77 has 1 years experience as a ADN.

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I went straight into the Trauma/Surgical ICU at a level 1 trauma center. I really lucked out by going to a teaching hospital and they loved hiring their own graduates. I did my synthesis on a progressive trauma/surgical floor and I felt like that really laid out a foundation for me (even though it was only 225 hours). 

I know that it sucks right now but you do learn some skills that can help you move up. After your year is up, I would definitely start applying within the hospital you're at and try to get to know some people on the floors you'd like to get a good word in! It might be harder for you to apply to different jobs at other hospitals with such little experience. 

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Satori77 has 1 years experience as a ADN.

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On 8/19/2019 at 7:37 PM, Undercat said:

Just wondering.....are nurses in California as apathetic about working med surg with having nurse-patient ratios?  Would all this antipathy disappear if nurses never had to take care of more than 4 patients?  So, is it the specialty or the working conditions?  

 

I'm in Colorado, not California. But for me personally, it is a little bit of both. Even if I only had 2 patients, I know I am not a med surg nurse. Its not the specialty I want to end up in. But I do think it would be a lot more doable having only 4 patients. Where I was working it was usually 5 patients on days (and with discharges and admits, there were times nurses could have 7 patients at one time), and on nights you have 6-7. Its not always safe.

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On 5/2/2019 at 7:53 PM, Rose_Queen said:

Med surg will be of assistance in WIS. Those patients may indeed have the conditions that you would see in med surg. As for the OR, no, med surg won't transfer much. It's a completely different environment.

I actually interviewed for the OR where i am, and they told me I needed a year of med surg.

I would think the only experience you need to work in the OR is how to duck from flying instruments,and learning to deal with arrogant ,spoiled baby, rude surgeons....

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Rose_Queen is a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in OR, education.

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17 minutes ago, martymoose said:

I actually interviewed for the OR where i am, and they told me I needed a year of med surg.

Well, there are facilities that do require med surg to do anything else, whether it's OR, ER, ICU, L&D, peds, etc. I "interviewed" at one as well as part of a job fair on campus. Chose not to work there.

 

18 minutes ago, martymoose said:

I would think the only experience you need to work in the OR is how to duck from flying instruments,and learning to deal with arrogant ,spoiled baby, rude surgeons....

Well, if the facility tolerates that, it's not a facility to work in. I can guarantee my facility would not tolerate things being thrown- they've actually suspended and mandated anger management classes for reinstatement of privileges after a surgeon threw something.

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ILoveHorsesRN has 28 years experience as a ADN and specializes in 25 years NICU 4 years Telephone triage.

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I did not do a year of Med Surg because I never wanted to work with adults. It's a myth that you must do a year of med surg. If you want to work in a different area, see if you can get trained for it. I was trained as a new grad in the NICU.

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Nurse SMS has 9 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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Never worked a med-surg floor, but took care of plenty of med-surg overflow.

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