Wanted to get ideas from anyone in this forum in hopes that it helps me come up with something I hadn't already considered.
I was a 911 paramedic in a big city for seven years. During my last two years on the job I went to nursing school
part time and graduated with a BSN, summa cum laude, from a reputable university. I always had a love for cardiology as I went to a paramedic school that included an advanced cardiology class, and found a love for medical ICU nursing during my senior practicum.
Fortunately I got hired right out of school, as an RN in an ER. ICUs I talked to at that point were not interested in taking on a new grad, even with the critical care experience I had as a paramedic but ERs were happy to consider me. I'm almost a year into my ER job, and already have my CEN, but I find a very big gap between my detail-oriented fastidious nature and the type of nurse that enjoys an ER job. I do have a charge nurse who thankfully supports my love for sick patients, especially those with cardiac issues, and she very graciously supports any and all chances I get to take on the big room patients. But suffice to say, I want ever so badly to be in a job where I feel I am thriving, and I have no doubt in my mind that it is in an ICU with a cardiac focus. The tough thing is convincing employers of this!
I have joined the AACN and I read the publications. I have started studying for the CCRN. I continue to research and learn and expand on my knowledge. In the meantime, I've got to ask - are any of you aware of ICUs that would consider someone with my background? Do you have any ideas as to what I can work on to make me a better candidate while I continue to bide my time in the ER?
Thanks in advance, everyone!
Aug 18, '12
Also do the pacep.org coned mods. And mention them in your interview. I'm about 3 mi from the hospital.
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