Hi, I am looking for some advice.
I have been working dayshift on a cardiac intermediate unit for a little over 2 years now. I enjoy my job now for the most part, but I am looking for a new challenge and learning opportunities. I am happiest when I am learning, and right now I feel like I am in a rut. I have always been interested in working in the ICU, and now I have an opportunity.
One of the biggest drawbacks of going to the ICU would be that I would have to go back to night shift, most likely for another couple years. I enjoy being on dayshift and having a normal sleep schedule, and interacting with the doctors and staff members in other departments. I am worried that as much as I want to make a move to the ICU, I may regret the decision. However, I do not want to stay on the unit that I am on forever, and eventually I will likely have to go back to night shift in order to make a change.
Is it best for me to make the change now and suffer through night shift in order to get into ICU? Have any of you ICU nurses that started on other units ever regret making the move to ICU? Any advice or thoughts would be very appreciated. Thank you very much.