In the know: Deciding where you belong

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, December 28, 2009

There are advantages and disadvantages to the unit where you first choose to work. Traditional wisdom holds that new grads need one year of medical surgical experience before going to a specialty unit; however, new nurses now have a much easier time obtaining residency in the area of nursing they want. So what should you consider?

Think of the following potential benefits and drawbacks of the medical-surgical unit:


  • Best way for overall experience
  • Exposure to a variety of cases



  • Higher patient-nurse ratios
  • No specialization

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