I'm new to critical care (to be exact, about 3 months). I was wondering if it is worth joining the AACN; what are the benefits?
(Background: I have 2 years of Cardiac-Telemetry/Medical-Surgical experience, I also did some school nursing to be more comfortable around treating some kids).
I'm still learning A LOT of new things in my ICU/CVICU (Swanz, balloon pumps, DRIPS!) so I was wondering if I should wait it out before joining the AACN.
Also, when would be a good time for me to take my CCRN exam? After a year of ICU/SICU experience?
I think for my hospital, they reimburse us for the exam fee if we pass it on the first try, and I believe we get an extra $1/hr.