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Old 02-16-2009, 05:12 PM
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how long would one recommend working in med-surg to gain experience before specializing?
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Old 02-17-2009, 03:30 AM
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How long is a piece of string?

It all depends on you. Some people are lucky and can get a specialized area immediately after graduating. However it is most common for new nurses to at least get one year of consolidation before specializing, even if in a specialized area.

The idea of the grad year is to allow for learning to continue as you work and consolidate your skills before being put in a more complex (specialized) environment.
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