Dont ever want to do critical care ... Afraid of it? Dont ever want to do critical care ... Afraid of it? - pg.2 | allnurses

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

  1. Visit  mursinary profile page
    #13 0
    I 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.
  2. Visit  commonsense profile page
    #14 1
    Quote from trein
    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).
    To be quite honest I'm petrified of MedSurg.
  3. Visit  MidLifeRN2012 profile page
    #15 0
    I 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.
  4. Visit  Do-over profile page
    #16 0
    I 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.
  5. Visit  trauma_icu_rn profile page
    #17 0
    I 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.

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