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    I am a brand new graduate who is hoping to go into either a) labor and delivery or b)critical care.
    However, here in Tulsa the opportunities for jobs in those fields are not too plentiful.
    That being said, I have been told that one should be careful where you begin your nursing career lest you get stuck there.
    Nursing recruiters have advised me to broaden my applications to Med-Surg but I am unsure if I want to take a job I don’t want just to “have” a job.
    Any thoughts….is it true if you want L&D you should start there or they won’t take you?


    Not true … as a new grad, you need as much experience as you can get.

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    Working Critical Care for many years, I can honestly say that your Recruiter and Jason are correct. You need all of thee medical=surgical experience that you can get. It allows you to care for and monitor patients with multiple issues that you will have to detect any changes. Use those assessment skills that they taught you in school. Brush up on those meds and their side effects. After a year, consider critical care or Labor and Delivery.
    Good luck and congratulations!


    I started out working a Med/Surg floor because instructors recommended it. After 2 years, I transferred to a CVICU. I didn’t realize how much med/surg taught me time management and prioritization skills until I saw that I was running circles around fellow young nurses (who have only worked in CVICU).

    Med/Surg is a beast…but you will surely learn a lot.

    Good luck!

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