I work in an ICU and have been off orientation for a little over 5 months now. Although I feel more comfortable with semi-critical patients, I find that I'm stuck with patients very stable and who may even have move orders. When I have had critical, unstable patients in the past, I've been told by charge nurses how great I am. I try to attend all CE classes at our hospital, in services, and read lots of materials at home in my free time. I love this field and really want to do well.
My question are: When will I start getting harder patients? What do I need to do to gain the trust of the charge nurses making assignments? Should I just come out and ask to get the harder ones?
Btw: I understand I am very new, but there are others who started after me getting much harder patients.