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An online social & professional networking resource exclusively for AMSN members designed to make your experience as a member more valuable by providing opportunities to discuss practice related topics and the ability to network and collaborate with your peers.

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AMSN PRISM Award®

Is your unit exemplary? Receive the med-surg unit award that gives you and your colleagues the recognition you deserve for excellence in patient care, leadership and a healthy practice environment. APPLY NOW!
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FailSafe Certification

The Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board, the affiliated certifying board of AMSN, has a program to help both the health care facility and the nurse: The MSNCB FailSafe Certification Program. You only pay when you succeed, guaranteed!
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AMSN News

Tips! How You Can Afford to Attend the Convention

From convincing your employer to figuring out finances and planning, we’ve got you covered with this handy guide!

Early Bird Special - Save $65

Register by August 14, 2017, and save $65 on the regular/onsite full convention registration fee.  Register online now, and join us in Palm Springs, CA for the 26th Annual AMSN Convention.

It's Chapter Status Report Time!

The CSR is required for an AMSN chapter to retain its charter for the next year, and needs to be completed via the online form by June 30.

Did You Know? (Hint: 2 CNE)

About the FREE Pre-Convention Workshop? "Prepared Nurses Protect Patients: Prevention Strategies for Healthcare- Associated Infections and Emerging Infectious Diseases," Sponsored by the CDC - check it out!

Call for AMSN Staffing Task Force Volunteers

AMSN members: This is your opportunity to help address staffing issues with an AMSN team! The task force charge will be to (1) revise the AMSN position statement on staffing and (2) develop talking points to support acuity-based staffing standards for the in-patient med-surg practice setting. Apply by July 17, 2017, 12:00 pm, EDST.

Industry & Career News

28-Hour Shifts???

(From the AMSN Career Center)  – Medical Residents Can Now Work 28-Hour Shifts - But Is it a Good Thing? On March 10, 2017, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Board approved a requirement that will allow first-year medical resident interns to work up to 28-hour shifts.

5 Biggest Resume Turnoffs for Nurses

(From the AMSN Career Center) The typical hiring manager spends only 10 to 20 seconds reviewing each nurse’s resume, and that means that first impressions count. A LOT. To keep your resume from landing in the reject pile, avoid these five resume mistakes that turn healthcare employers off.

Keep Track of Getting Fit!

From the USDA, SuperTracker is a free, online food, physical activity, and weight tracking tool. This is a great tool to recommend to patients!

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Founded and sponsored by NCADD, Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 to help reduce the stigma so often associated with alcoholism by encouraging communities to reach out to the American public each April with information about alcohol, alcoholism and recovery.

Healthcare Unemployment Hits Lowest Level in 9 Years

(From the AMSN Career Center)  — What it Means for Healthcare Hiring. In the last six months, healthcare employers have been asking why it’s become more difficult — and why it takes longer — to find talent to join the practice, hospital or faculty.

What Do YOU LOVE About Being a Med-Surg Nurse?

Aloys, RN

There are many exciting elements of being med-surge nurse including proving nursing care with evidence based to patients as med-surg cover almost many diseases and conditions affecting all health aspects of human beings.

When you work as med-surg in leadership position as I am doing you become role model because you apply knowledge, vocation and professional skills which character good nurse identity, to perform a good patient health assessment, and plan nursing care accordingly.

A med-surg nurse is a good researcher, and able to contribute to new knowledge generation, med-surg nurse provide good health education to patients aiming at behavior change.

Med-surg when become a teacher he/she do it very nicely.

Catherine, RN, CMSRN

The variety! the broad base of knowledge! the constantly challenging group of patients! The fantastic team work, and wonderful co-workers! I'm 4 1/2 years away from retirement, and I will retire from Med-surg.

I find other specialties to be too confining, too specific to a certain population, even if some units are more glamorous and more respected than Med-Surg.

Here, I learn something new every day, and I am certain I contribute to everyone of my patients' comfort and recovery. My wish is that in the future Med-surg will get the consideration it deserves.

Yes, we do a good job. Yes, my unit was the best of all of central Texas Med-surg unit among all run by this corporation!

So why is it we are so undeserving of adequate upgrading?

Patients come from ICU, OR, ER, even from other hospitals to get the best care available! and here we are, an old unit, each man hour recorded meticulously so as not to exceed the allotted monies.

I know my voice will be echoed by many. I still love it, with all its problems.

Paula, BSN, RN, CMSRN

I love being a med-surg nurse because of the diversity of patient care. You never get bored doing the same thing over and over again.

Each patient presents with various care needs requiring nurses to expand their knowledge base throughout their career as a nurse.

Med-surg nurses can work in any health care environment and take care of any patient populations. Med-surg nurses can go anywhere life takes them.

Cindy

Cindy Encouraging and supporting the new nurses into the specialty! And letting them know that they will make a difference in their patients lives! How awesome is that?

Tina, RN CMSRN, OMS

Being able to make a difference in someone's life.

Shirley, CNS

I love the collaboration with staff nurses who impact on patients lives every day.

Jhansi

Firstly conveying my well greetings to honorable nurses. The medical surgical nurse can give a care to patients in a comprehensive way with the standards of practice to restore the health and prevent complications by particular condition of the critically ill patent. She can produce the care through current knowledge to improve the health status of the patient.

Chidimma, BSN, CMSRN

I love the difference I make in my patients' lives every shift. I love patient education and the understanding that dawns when something is explained and the patient gets it, it always brightens my day and keeps me coming back shift after shift.

Susan, MSN/Ed, RN, CMSRN

I love the variety of working in the med-surg areas. I am one of two med-surg clinical educators. I was formerly a critical care nurse for 18 years then managed a 36-bed post-surgical unit.

The experience on the med-surg unit gave me the new respect for the specialty of working on the floor. That role lasted four and a half years. I felt the call to teach. As the first clinical educator in the hospital in 2003, I gained a new respect for my bedside colleagues.

I worked closely then and now with an amazing team of nurses. I bring new evidence-based knowledge to the bedside and the classroom for the team of med-surg nurses.

I feel I am one of them, a team member, and colleague. Med-surg is definitely a specialty and I'm proud to be a med-surg nurse.

Photo:I'm in the left corner with lab coat with my latest new grad group.

John, BA, RN CMSRN

My RN focus has always been placing myself in the patients shoes. Empathy and Compassion and Caring and how can I make the patient experience better for them.

The Golden Rule is the best rule. I think often on how would I want my mom taken care of, or my family member in the same situation. Each day is different and I closely monitor my special group to keep them safe, comfortable and informed and ease their fears . It is such an honor to be able to take care of someone in need and when they smile and let you know they appreciate you it melts your heart and it is OK if they don't.

It really stimulates your mind to have to critically think on very complex med-surg nurses with so many varied diagnoses. I love being a nurse.

Carmela, BSN, RN, CMSRN

I love being a med-surg Nurse because it is full of drama, comedy, adventure and surprises. It can be challenging and tiring most of the time in the ward but at the end of the day it is a nice feeling to know that you took care of your patient and family with love and inspire others.

Bachir, MSN, RN-BC

The diversity of the medical-surgical patients is thrilling and enriching. I loving being at the patient's bedside delivering optimum patient centered care while utilizing my clinical experience and expertise.

Cora, BSN, RN-BC, CMSRN

Caring for patients and families.

Colleen, RN

I love being a medical-surgical nurse because it allows me to nurture my patients, and really use the nursing skills I was taught to do in nursing school. I work a 3P-3A shift, and this allows me time to assess my patients before I have to rush into medication administration, and throughout the night I have the opportunity to talk with my patients and their families, and share their lives with them. Of course there are hectic nights with patients who have sun-downer's or are incredibly ill, but most of the time I can really spend time with them, and know them before my shift is over at 3AM.

Rowena, BSN, RN, CMSRN

I've been practicing med-surg since 2003 and it has never been boring all this time. The demands of med-surg nursing is so different from other specialties. Keeping up w/ SCIP, HF, Pneumonia, AMI protocols, demanding patients, drug-seeking patients, turning immobile patients every 2 hours, dressing open wounds, 1:1 suicidals, incontinent, tube-feeders, blood sugars every 2 hours... plus... a Rapid Response call on top of that in a shift! Wow! Can anybody handle that? Most will walk away..but med-surg nurses never will.

Aurealyn, BSN, RN-BC

Guam has amazing med-surg nurses, and I am so proud to be one of them! I love coming to work because I do not know what to expect. I love not knowing who your clients will be or what diagnosis you will be dealing with next. It's always a surprise, and that is something I look forward to every day.

Maria, BSN-RN

I love being a nurse because I can relate to my patient's at their level and their age group. I always love connecting with my patient's as my own families, friends, and love ones. Recently, I have an elderly patient she have a CVA that impaired her speech, which cause her to mumble her words. She told me, that she love me and I am very good to her. That's just broke my heart and I told her that I am always good to all my patients. Then she said, "No you are good nurse and you are good to me."

Read many more - and tell us what you LOVE about being a med-surg nurse!