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I’m a new grad and was offered a position in a detox rehab facility….the turnover rate seems high and they seem desperate for help. Is this a bad place to start? I already have very little confidence and just don’t want to take a mental hit….TIA


December 23rd, 2021

I highly recommend starting out on a MedSurg unit. It will definitely solidify your skills as a nurse. Then you can always go in specialize in something.

April 12th, 2022

I am a fairly new nurse myself only going on 5 years now but in my personal opinion I think it’s best to start in a medsurg position because you will get a lot of basic experience and then that opens a lot of avenues for you and you can figure out what you do and don’t like. Plus the nurses you work with can give you input on places they’ve worked and what they do and don’t recommend. I worked Medsurg for a year and then found my home working in an outpatient infusion center that I just love. Best wishes to you.

April 12th, 2022

I forgot to mention, working in a Medsurg unit you will care for detoxing patients and find out just what it’s all about. Some people hear voices and see things a few are pleasant, but many are totally out of it. Ripping out a half a dozen or more IV’s in one shift or taking off and needing security to get them back or assaulting medical professionals. It is a unique and challenging population to manage especially as a new nurse. ❤️

January 12th, 2022

For someone now very strong willed and confident in themselves and abilities this will be a VERY difficult place to start - just my 2 cents 🥰

January 6th, 2022

I started out as a Detox Nurse and it was very difficult. I did it for 3 years, I was the only nurse for up to 10 patients with only 1 or 2 behavioral techs, if i was lucky. Even then they did not have any medical experience. There was a lot of vomit, cursing, seizures, other body fluids and CPR, I was also hit and had things thrown at me. My advise? Dont do it... You not only have to deal with all of this, but there is a lot of Body Brokering out there, where they pay the clients to go through the program. Youll see alot of frequent fliers, Red Flag! I had already worked at a mens prison as a Medical Assistant for 4 years so i wasnt too surprised with all the stuff that happened at Detox as an LVN.

January 5th, 2022

I do not like to take care of detox patients…there are too many unknowns and variables it can get ugly fast. I recommend all new nurses go to the floor some sort of nursing to get basic skills and experience it will strengthen you in all areas of specialty if you want to pursue one. It’s invaluable.

December 31st, 2021

I would start in an environment that fosters overall medical learning, first. It may take time to find your “passion” and detox can be demanding.

December 19th, 2021

It depends on where you would like to specialize. If psych nursing is something that interests you, this may be a wonderful place to begin.