Should I do MedSurg or ICU first? NSFW

Does a new grad nurse need their MedSurg experience before working in the ICU?

**NSFW** I get a lil’ passionate about this topic.

This is an age-old nursing urban legend that has been passed down from generation to generation as a way to “better prepare” the next generation of nurses.

I remember hearing it when I attended my then diploma-RN program many years ago and I still hear it today. The current generation of new grad nurses want to know who they should listen to? Where should they go?

I offer some helpful tips, real-world examples and my brutally honest opinions on this topic.

[P.S. I was a new grad in the ICU. Almost 15 years later, I’m still in the ICU, now an NP.]

Until next time…

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