I'm a new grad and I have an interview next week for a "Post Cath Stepdown Unit" at a big level 1 hospital.
I'm confused because I have never heard of such a unit. My goal is really to be in the ICU, but since I'm a new grad, that has been extremely difficult to get into. Especially in New York where the competition is so high. So it sounds like they're calling this post cardiac interventional unit a stepdown to get my interest.
Can someone tell me what this unit is like?
What's the patient population?
Is it high-acuity and would you consider it "stepdown."
What kinds of things do nurses to do on this unit?
Would it be a good stepping stone to get into the ICU?
Every hospital is different, but mine has a cardiac stepdown/progressive unit that sounds similar. Most acute post-cath intervention patients go there if they are stable enough to not need ICU. Nurses there do sheath pulls, drips, BIPAP, etc. All patients are on tele monitoring with bedside and central monitors. The acuity can be high at times. It's a great stepping stone for ICU; many nurses in my cardiac unit have come from there.