As of now, I have about 6 months of PICU experience. I absolutely loved it in the PICU, but unfortunately I have to move to another area for my family. I'm trying to get another PICU job, but it seems that the only ones that are sending me offers are a Pediatric ED and a NICU. The ED is not a level I trauma center and the NICU is a level III, but does not perform the really high acuity stuff like ECMO (they get transfered to another hospital).
Right now, I'm not 100% sure that I want to be a CRNA, but I want to keep that option open for myself. I'm very interested in the ED because I have a lot of pre-hospital experience and I am equally interested in the NICU because I loved being in an ICU setting. I am also being very limiting to staying with a <21-year-old population. I am kind of excited to try something new that I definitely did not see myself doing 1 year ago. Since I'm young, I figure I have time to experiment with different areas. I loved the PICU and I plan on going back at some point in the future...but for now, I'm looking forward to the new experience.
Which one would be better for getting me closer to CRNA school? Or is this a "6 of one, half dozen of the other" situation?