Dont ever want to do critical care ... Afraid of it? - page 2
I just finished my first year as an rn on a medsurg floor. I hate it of course. The next step for me is ICU I guess, but I really don't want to even go there because I am Scared of it. Did any of you... Read More
Oct 5, '13I was afraid of the unit as well when I first started, but I was excited and willing to learn as well.
If you don't want to be an ICU nurse, then I suggest that you don't do it. Why put yourself into another job that you won't like? It takes a certain mindset and passion to be an ICU nurse and you'd just be setting yourself up for failure if you don't want to be a unit nurse.
Look around at other possibilities, see what interests you and doesn't scare you.
Best of luck in your decision.
Oct 14, '13Quote from treinTo be quite honest I'm petrified of MedSurg.I just finished my first year as an rn on a medsurg floor. I hate it of course. The next step for me is ICU I guess, but I really don't want to even go there because I am Scared of it. Did any of you feel this way before going into icu and love it now? I feel like it is my only choice... A way out of medsurg...plus gaining experience to go into all other things nursing (case mgmt, quality, administrative).
Oct 14, '13I am a new grad (May 2012) and am still looking for work. My dream job would be in the ICU. I did that in my final semester preceptorship and I loved it. Nobody wants new grads in the ICU in the Chicago area. How on earth did you all get in as new grads? I can't even get a med surg job I'm interviewing tomorrow for a skilled nursing facility with vent patients so maybe if I get it that experience will lead me to the ICU someday.
Oct 14, '13I did not get ICU as a new grad. I spent some time doing tele/step-down.
However, my place does hire new grads into ICU, but probably not more than one at a time. So, it is rare.
Oct 24, '13I suggest you shadow an ICU RN for a shift. See what goes on, what kind of things they do. I did that when I was ainMed-Surg and couldn't wait to make the move. You do a lot more, depending on the unit. The job itself requires a lot more critical thinking and just by the nature of the acuity level, you are afforded more autonomy. Don't get me wrong--my preceptorship was a nightmare and I went home crying almost every night. My first year I was nervous going into single shift. However, five years in and I feel like I can take care of any patient they throw at me.
Check it out first.