Should you start your nursing career in med
The age old question that people seem to
have a whole lot of opinions about.
Well, here's mine.
You certainly can, but you don't need to.
Many professors will say that it's a good
place to start because years ago that was
really the norm. Everyone started in med
surg, but that's not necessarily the case at
Med surg is a really great place to start if
you have absolutely no
idea what you want to do or you just want to
get into a certain healthcare
system so that you can later transfer into a
harder to get job or unit
within that healthcare system.
It's a great starting point.
And for a rare few it is where they stay
On med surg, you'll be exposed to a ton of
different things, and you'll quickly be able
to learn what you like and what you really,
really don't like.
Disgusting. You can then be a unicorn human
and you can stay on med surg
forever. Or, like most people, you'll
transfer to a different area that you realize
you like after caring for that subtype of
patient on your
unit. I personally started in med surg
because I needed to get my foot in
the door to the hospital system so that I
could transfer over to a pediatric unit as an
internal hire since they weren't hiring
straight into peds at the time.
And I ended up learning a ton, and it sent
my career into a
totally different direction.
Now, I didn't love that unit, but the
experience was absolutely
invaluable. And I bet if you start in med
surg too, likely one day
you might say the same.
But what if you already know what you want
and like and you want to just go
straight into that specialty unit?
Go for it. Honestly, as long as they have a
pretty legit precepting period, so you can
go and get your new nurse wings on you and
they're going to really prepare you with that
specialty knowledge and make sure that
you're up-to-date on everything, and it's
fine, you will honestly be fine.
Many hospitals are coming out with new grad
programs now that are tailored specifically
for new grads that are heading right into
units like labor and delivery, the
ICU or pediatrics.
It's super-duper common to hop right into
what you like now.
And I say, just go for it.
And in terms of like what unit is harder, I
honestly don't think one is necessarily
harder or easier than another.
Especially when you're new, right?
Because you are learning so much, you don't
know anything when you first start and
everything has a crazy learning curve in the
beginning and it's just different.
In med surg, you are learning to manage
practically every single condition while
juggling four to eight patients at a time.
And in the ICU you have fewer patients.
So there's like less chaos in that
But those patients depend on you for so much
It's all pretty much, like, equally hard.
You just need to pick the type of hard that
you want and no matter what, it will get
better as you learn more.
But if you start in a specialty, this is the
biggest argument I hear against this, won't
you, like, lose your skills?
And that answer is coming up next.