Hi Guys, I just graduated from an accelerated BSN program in August. I plan to apply to CRNA school after a couple years of ICU experience. I have been interviewing for ICU jobs and have received 2 job offers.
The first position is at a level 1 trauma center in Surgical ICU 7pm-7am. The problem: when I applied for the position, it was posted as a Surgical ICU position. Once I went to the interview, the manager explained to me that I would cross train for Intermediate(Step Down, 20 bed unit combined). I am only interested in the Surgical ICU. I do not want to work in Intermedicate or Step Down. They offer 16 weeks of training along with a residency program that last for 12 months. I am afraid that if I take this position, I may end up working a great deal of time in Intermediate which would not help me in getting the ICU experience that I need to prepare for CRNA school.
The second job offer is at a smaller hospital, 299 beds to be exact. They have an ICU that consists of 12 beds. If I take the position, I would be an ICU nurse. The manager told me that they are a general ICU and take all types of ICU patients. She says that I would see and experience a great deal. This facility also does not have residents. The training is 12 weeks and if needed I could ask for more training time. The position is also during the day 7am-7pm.
I am not sure which position I should take that will help me the most in the long run. I am affraid that if I take the Surgical ICU/cross train Intermediate position that I may not get the experience that I need to go on to CRNA school. If I take the ICU position at the smaller facility, would I still get accepted into a CRNA program? Those of you that are CRNA's, in CRNA school, or ICU nurse's...please provide me with the best advice possible.