Where Do I Go?

Another semester down! Med-Surg has been really tough for me this semester. Our exams were brutally hard and often cause me to get physically sick! Ah the joys of nursing school. I am so thankful that I passed this class. I think that med-surg in nursing school is so difficult because it is where you learn the bulk of information taught to you. I know I haven’t learned 1/4 in the past 3 years than what I did this semester! I really don’t know how med-surg nurses do it. Under-staffed, over-worked, and busy busy! I guess this sums up most nursing jobs, but I have a new appreciation for the med-surg nurse and I definitely know that I do not want to be one! I don’t think I could do what they do. God bless ’em!

So my question is, for all you nurses out there: did you always know you were going to end up working where you currently are? What are some of the worst jobs you ever held as a nurse. What nursing jobs weren’t for you? I love to ask these questions of nurses because they have all been in our shoes. You have to start somewhere right? People always tell me that “you have to start in med-surg to become a respectful nurse” or “if you work in ICU, you can work anywhere.” So, is there a proper place to start after I graduate? Can I just work where my heart leads me? Perhaps it will be wherever I am lucky enough to get a job at the time! I just know right now I want to work with sick babies. I want to provide the care that the wonderful nurses provided for my little one and still do. 

Whatever the road I decide to take as a nurse, I hope to be able to touch the lives of families as nurses have done for me in the past. Thanks to all you nurses out there! You are amazing people!

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Megan Gilbert

My name is Megan Gilbert. I am a 29-year-old third year nursing student at Purdue University Calumet. I have been married to my wonderful husband Scott for eight years and we have two beautiful boys; Reece and Mason. We currently reside in Northwest Indiana in the town of Schererville, which is about 40 minutes outside of Chicago. I love spending quality time with my family and l also enjoy singing with my local church. In addition, one of my favorite things to do in my down-time is blog and read blogs.

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3 Responses to Where Do I Go?

  1. Your name

    I’ve been a nurse for almost 37 yrs (! how can that be, I’m only 29, right?) I started in med-surg & did that most of the time in a couple different hospitals. Needless to says, things were very different then. I’ve worked in WVa & MD also, prn & in a cardiac step-down unit. Went into home health care when we moved to OH, now I do home hospice care. DId I ever imagine this is where I would be at this time in my life? No. But I live what I do, & I know all the experiences I’ve had along the way have helped. Good luck in all you do!

  2. Ani

    hey there – i don’t have any words of wisdom for you on this front, as I myself am a nursing student as well. But i know exactly how you feel, and I definitely don’t see myself in med-surg either, though I envy all my friends who are top-notch at it, i just can’t seem to handle it as well. and i think that’s the beauty of it. We are all different people with different “callings” and so i say forget starting out a certain place. you’ve already got the respect for nursing, if you didn’t you wouldn’t be in nursing school. and ok, so maybe if you work in ICU you can work anywhere… but that doesn’t mean you WANT to work anywhere. I say follow your heart. Try what you want and see where you get to :) Good luck with everything!

  3. jim white

    work in the ed megan you would be a great ed nurse