I currently work on a progressive care unit at a small community hospital. We occasionally float to ICU and even the ER, but that isn't very often.
I love my job, but I've always wanted to work in a CVICU and recover fresh open hearts. I want to further my career!
On my unit, we work with gtts (Cardizem, NTG [but titrate only to chest pain, not for BP], dopamine, dobutamine (but usually when the pt came from ICU and they are being weaned off), octreotide, Lasix, heparin). We titrate, but we have limits. We don't deal with the "bigger bears" (neo, levo, etc) - those patients go straight to ICU.
Would my experience in progressive be good enough to be able to land a job in CVICU? I've been a nurse for about a year, I have my BSN, and I'm also ACLS-certified. I'm currently studying for my PCCN and hope to take that later this year. If I land in job in ICU, I think I would like to get my CCRN as well once I meet the requirements.