Question by  rara (41)

What is med/surg nursing?

Is it recommended for a new nurse?


Answer by  patti (29325)

There are different areas of nursing. "Med/surg" is "medical-surgical," which is the unit of the hospital where people go for general medical and surgical matters. It requires a broad, general knowledge, while other areas require specific, specialized knowledge. It appeals to some nurses, but not others.


Answer by  patti (29325)

"Med-Surg" is short for "medical-surgical," the unit that deals with the care of patients who are hospitalized for medical reasons (illness) or for post-surgery care. This is different than patients on the OB or Psych unit, ICU or NICU, or a unit that deals with contagious disease. Med-Surg is more general, so it depends on the new nurse's career goals.


Answer by  JohnHolmes (2660)

This specialty means they will usually be stationed in the operating room helping with surgical procedures. This would be good for a nurse that doesn't mind a lot of blood and thinks she can be a part of directly saving lives.


Answer by  Cassandradalla (228)

Surgical nurses assist doctors conducting operations, and they perform a critical role in making sure a sterile field exists. Well trained new nurses can make valuable contributions in this field.


Answer by  AnnaTeague (806)

Med/Surg nursing is providing care mostly for persons who need or who have undergone surgery. It is not the Intensive Care Unit. Yes, many new nurses start there.

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