Burn ICU RN transfer to Cardiac Surgery ICU

  1. Hello,

    I have been working in a burn ICU over the past two years(my first nursing job) and I am competent in invasive monitoring, CRRT, full body wound care, MOF, and sepsis at many different levels. I am interested in transferring to a cardiac surgery ICU but I am a not sure if my experience thus far is too specific to burn patients and will not provide me with the skills needed for a cardiac surgical unit. Any thoughts??? Also.....Happy New Year!
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   liberated847
    Quote from rachaeld20
    Hello, I have been working in a burn ICU over the past two years(my first nursing job) and I am competent in invasive monitoring, CRRT, full body wound care, MOF, and sepsis at many different levels. I am interested in transferring to a cardiac surgery ICU but I am a not sure if my experience thus far is too specific to burn patients and will not provide me with the skills needed for a cardiac surgical unit. Any thoughts??? Also.....Happy New Year!
    You are fine, many of those skills overlap and your experience will be valuable to the cardiac unit, go for it, they'll love to have your perspective.
  4. by   Biffbradford
    Agreed, your experience will help you, but to be sure, a cardiac surgical patient behaves unlike any other. You will have MUCH to learn! Good luck.
  5. by   RNperdiem
    If you can work burns, you can work anywhere.
  6. by   cardiacfreak
    Quote from RNperdiem
    If you can work burns, you can work anywhere.
    That is exactly what I was thinking.
  7. by   Esme12
    me too! YOu might need to catch up a little with cardiac drugs....but that's easy. If you know monitoring/PA lines and critical patients you're good!
  8. by   Ruby Vee
    You have a lot of valuable experience, and we'd love to have you in our CVICU! You'll still get plenty of orientation so you'll learn things like invasive monitoring, cardiac drugs and care specific to cardiac surgery patients. You'll have a head start on monitoring and critical patients. You're good to go!

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