Hi guys. I'm new here. I'm so glad that I found this site. Lots of good info here. Here's my situation. 2 years in OR. Just finishing RN-BSN program. GRE verb 490, analy 660, quan 550. GPA 3.2. Started CVICU 6 months ago, but was demoted to tele supposedly because I didn't have enough time to study CVICU at home and finished RN-BSN clinicals. I think they figured out that I wanted to go to CRNA school and wanted to hire someone with experience. I'm frantically trying to get into another ICU. I know this is going to look bad, plus GPA isn't the greatest. I've applied to 5 schools
, but haven't heard from any yet. I'm feeling like I should just give it up until next year. Should I write letter to inform them of my change in job situation now or after I secure another ICU position? I want this so bad. What do you all think?
Dec 5, '02
dontae, we share a similar background and ambitions. I was in the OR for a year before deciding to leave and pursue CRNA. I interviewed at a few different hospitals for an ICU position with no luck. Being an OR nurse, they considered me a "new grad" level and didn't want to put in the training I needed to become an ICU nurse. I then transferred to the Tele unit at my hospital. Been there since June and have learned a lot. I'm just waiting now for an ICU position to open up...I don't really want to leave my current hospital.
As it turns out, Tele was not as bad as I thought it was going to be. Other nurses complain that it's TOO BUSY. You and I both know that we're just continuing the same busy pace we had in the OR. I was used to running for 12 hours as an OR circulator. One morning (I work nights) an agency nurse said "If I wanted to work this hard, I'd have joined a chain gang!". I don't think he'll be back to our floor. What a wussy.
I have a little more time to go before I'm ready. I'm just now starting an RN-BSN program. You seem to have all your ducks in a row. Don't worry. With a little Tele experience under your belt, you'll find an ICU position with no probs at another facility if this one keeps stringing you along. Most will consider previous Tele experience above other med/surg type experience.
Remember : Your comfort zone just gets bigger every time you step outside of it.
If you can learn to be an OR nurse, you can learn the floor.
Last edit by KC CHICK on Dec 5, '02