In nursing school, everyone told me that the best job for a new grad was in the medical/surgical unit. Have you heard that too? They said it’d be a good place to start because of the large variety of patients and how general it is… it would be a good opportunity to find out what kind of nursing you’re really passionate about.
So, there I was, little new grad Anna.
I was just finishing my associates degree and planning on finding a job to work part time at while I finished my bachelors. I applied to maybe 3 or 4 places and ended up interviewing with Madison Memorial Hospital, a small but adequate hospital in my college town, for their med/surg unit. It was a pretty competitive place to get into, since they always had new grads applying, but I was lucky enough to get a part time slot and started up.
This is the job where I first learned the tricks to putting in a NG (nasogastric) tube. This is the place where Mo went for his kidney stone. There was the time when I had my first run-in with a surgeon (some misunderstanding about a patient getting a catheter put in before surgery or in the OR). This is the place I learned what exactly a septic patient looked like. I learned the joy of hitting a vein on your try. And as I look back on this job, I realize how much I didn’t know and how grateful I am to those wonderful, experienced nurses who kept an eye out for me and answered my never-ending questions.
If my fortune cookie from last night is right, then it looks like I made the right choice. 😉
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