I'm 21 and currently in nursing school (I will be a senior this fall !!!) and I'm loving every bit of it. I also work as a pool - nurse assistant to get some exposure to the different specialties in nursing. And, ever since, I've taken a liking to cardiac nursing. My first question is: what is the best unit to start on in cardiac nursing? Tele? CCU? Step-Down? EP? Medical? or are there others? I hope to return to school to study for an NP degree (with a dual MBA degree) or a CRNA program after about 3-5 years of being on the floor. And, my second question is: when would be the best time to make a move out of state? I'm currently in PA and my fiance and I are planning to move to Texas where his family is. Would it be most ideal to make the move after finishing grad school? I'm not sure if this second question is appropriate or not...
P.S.: I'm a new member to this forum and I thank you for your responses in advance
Suzenna, soon to be
I would suggest ICU or critical care if you are aiming for your CRNA. If you decide to be a nurse practitioner, I would suggest starting off at a tele-floor or ER. ICU patients are usually on a monitor and a doctor is usually around. One thing I love about working on a tele floor is that you are able to learn how to work with your patients with the least usage of a monitor. Also, I found that critical thinking skills are enhanced due to the fact that a doctor is usually not around and you have to be able to think quick when a patient starts going downhill.
Your time management skills will also come into play when working on a floor. We had an ICU nurse one time float to a cardiac stepdown and she ended up walking out, because she said she could not handle 3 patients. This was after she made a med error too.
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