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What is a better unit to start on as a New Grad Nurse, an Progressive Care Unit (PCU), or a Med Surg Unit?


August 1st, 2022

Depends on where you think you might ultimately want to be in your nursing career. Med surg was a good stepping stone for me tp get into the ER, where I’ve been the last 10 years. But PCU would allow you to not only care for “med/surg” patients but also other semi critically I’ll patients that require cardiac monitoring, drips… basically other things you may not otherwise see on the med/surg floor. If your career goals of nursing involve any critical care patients I would start with PCU.

August 2nd, 2022

Progressive Care. Gives you a good foundation of both med surge and critical care. If you can work there, you can work anywhere. Also sets a great foundation for entering the ICU if that sparks your interest.

July 28th, 2022

Med Surg is such a huge part of overall nursing and that is why it is covered in school so much. I am an ED Trauma RN who in the start of my career 18 years ago worked Med Surg. It was a good foundation for learning medication, time management, and self realization. Fundamentals is necessary prior to specializing.

August 1st, 2022

Go where your heart’s desire. Some may argue the Med-Surg gives a new grad nursing foundation. However, some may argue that a new grad should go wherever they desire whether that be ICU, PCU etc.

Try going to a teaching hospital where you learn from a plethora of cases and get the foundation first hand. Good thing about PCU , ratios are about 3-4:1
(At least in Cali) .

July 28th, 2022

As a nurse leader I am looking for people who have med-surg experience. Med-surg gives you a great generalists foundation for everything else you will do in the future.

August 9th, 2022

As a nurse of 47 years, I still believe that a good Med Surg background will be beneficial through out your career in most every other area of nursing. Thus, as a new grad do 2-3 years of Med-surg first.

August 2nd, 2022

New grads should always start med surg first. Learning how to manage patients without monitors teaches nurses how to see complications as they arise. New nurses learn better by listening to patients and how to visualize issues quickly.

July 28th, 2022

Med Surg

August 22nd, 2022

Go to the Progressive Care Unit, you’ll learn more and will end up being floated to Med Surg anyway.

August 7th, 2022

Hi,
You really can starts anywhere. Depending on your interest and career goals/plans..I started in ICU as a new nurse and I have no regrets.

August 2nd, 2022

Progressive Care Unit

August 28th, 2022

I wasn't sure what I wanted to be when I grew
p, so I got applied, and was hired as a float nurse. I chose this route because it gave me opportunity to work on several units such as: Med-surg, Med-oncology, ICU, Emergency Department, Behavioral Health, Rehab, 4heart, and Post-op patients. It was always a suprise when you got the phone call telling you which unit you worked this evening. Sometimes you switched units mid-shift depending on unit staffing. I liked this float pool because you got a little of everything, as well as getting a feel for where your passion lies!

August 25th, 2022

I think the type of patients considered PCU level acuity varies greatly depending on which hospital you're at. I started PCU as a new grad and worked there 16 years even though I had always planned to transfer to ICU. It was a big city teaching hospital, a very intense place with an unbelievably diverse patient population. Every other unit in that hospital was based on service line, so only had 1 or 2 specialties served. We were based strictly on acuity so we saw everything! That was an unbelievable learning experience. Now that I've been traveling the past year I really appreciate having that foundation! The education was a blessing disguised as torture, lol! None of the hospitals I've been to since I left are nearly as intense or as interesting! When you interview you should ask a lot of questions about what type of patients they normally see.

August 7th, 2022

I think it’s a personally preference. They usually say PCU is harder but it depends on the hospital. I work Orth Trauma Med Surg and our PCU unit is way easier than my med surg floor and I get less patients. I would say go with what aligns with your goals if you’re able too. I unfortunately can’t seem to get hired anywhere in the field that I want so I accepted the first hospital job I could get and I’ve been a nurse for five years and have all the credentials they could ask for.

August 2nd, 2022

Med surg unit

August 2nd, 2022

Media a surgical unit

August 2nd, 2022

Medical surgical unit

August 1st, 2022

Med Surg Unit

September 5th, 2022

The unit that’s best is the one you want to be in. If you know for a fact, you don’t want a high number of patients (walkie talkies) then PCU is your best bet.

Med Surg is good for time management skills but you can definitely learn that in PCU. PCU is good too because you can do MS/Tele or Stepdown or cross train to the ICU or ER. It’s fast paced with high acuities and turnovers.

Med-Surg is also good if you want to see beginning to end pathophysiology since a lot of those patients are frequent visitors with chronic illnesses.

Discard the idea that med-surg is mandatory for skill development. If you know what you want to do, go for it.

August 27th, 2022

Med Surg unit

August 25th, 2022

Medical surgical unit

August 25th, 2022

I think medical unit

August 21st, 2022

Med sMMed surg unit urg

August 14th, 2022

Med surg unit

August 14th, 2022

Me surf unit

August 14th, 2022

I would go with whatever you are most draw to. I started a medsurg respiratory unti/vents before I ultimately went into sdu/pcu. It was a better fit, had more acute nursing and less patient ratio. Really loved stepdown alot.

August 14th, 2022

Definitely a Med-surgical Unit. Working on a med-surgical unit will give you so much experience.

August 9th, 2022

Pienso que ninguna por qué para ambas áreas una debe tener una especialidad

August 8th, 2022

Med Surg Unit.

August 4th, 2022

Med Surg Unit

August 3rd, 2022

Med Surg

August 1st, 2022

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August 1st, 2022

Pcu

August 1st, 2022

Med Surg

August 1st, 2022

Med Surg Unit

August 1st, 2022

Hospice or Pallative Care in PCU but its easier to be a RNA if not a CNA for Med Surg Unit

August 1st, 2022

PCU

August 1st, 2022

Med Surge