Just got an interview for a cardiac floor and I need advice!!

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    I got an interview for a job working on a Cardiac floor that focuses on LVADs. I did my 120hrs on this floor and I did enjoy it however actually working here freaks me out as a new nurse. I applied for it because I just wanted a job by chance I get an interview. This floor is by no means a piece of cake. Each nurse has 5-6 patients but sometimes you have (3) VAD patients at a given time. I feel being so new to the game I'm just setting myself up for disaster.
    I have an interview Monday with the Nurse Recruiter for the biggest/best hospital in town and I don't want to go in there and say "This floor scares the **** out of me.... May I get something else." Should I give it a shot and if I hate it find something else? I should be happy to have this opportunity but in reality I'm filled with anxiety
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    Give it a chance! You are lucky to have the opportunity. Good luck!!
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    I started as a new grad on a tele unit...it has been awsome but def a challange, i had to do extra work like learn how to read ekgs, go to an 8 week critical care course and advanced cardiac life support. i didnt realize how much extra i would be required to learn, be ready to commit a lot of time. but it has paid off i like my job and feel very lucky to be able to have started off there and avoided med surge...though it would have been helpful too. Make sure you will be precepted though! other than that you should be fine.
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    I got an interview for a job working on a Cardiac floor that focuses on LVADs. I did my 120hrs on this floor and I did enjoy it however actually working here freaks me out as a new nurse. I applied for it because I just wanted a job by chance I get an interview. This floor is by no means a piece of cake. Each nurse has 5-6 patients but sometimes you have (3) VAD patients at a given time. I feel being so new to the game I'm just setting myself up for disaster.
    I have an interview Monday with the Nurse Recruiter for the biggest/best hospital in town and I don't want to go in there and say "This floor scares the **** out of me.... May I get something else." Should I give it a shot and if I hate it find something else? I should be happy to have this opportunity but in reality I'm filled with anxiety
    I just got a job on a Coronary Care Unit and I am a new grad. I'm also a little anxious about it, but during your interview, make it clear to them that you are a novice, but you are willing to learn with the right guidance. Ask them what their mentorship/preceptorship timeline is. Ask if they will have you taking critical care classes in the beginning. Ask how new nurses typically adjust to this type of workload. If they sense that you have the energy and willingness to take on this challenge, you will probably be strongly considered for the job. Good luck!


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