Hi, I'm a level 3 nursing student and I was looking for critical care classes to take in my area and one of the level 1 hospital offers the FCCS course by the Society of Critical Care.
I called the contact person to see if I could take the course as a NS, she was very shocked I would want to do it and recommended I wait till I gradaute in may 2012 to take it. If I get into ICU because they will pay for it. I asked for some refrences for critical care and she gave me the above website and I found an online self direct version of the course above but it costs like 240 bucks.
I work in an ER, have my advanced CPR certifications and have been reading books on critical care. I feel taking this course would be very helpful for me when I graduate to have some understanding of ICU stuff. The contact person told me it is a very hard course and that a lot of the new nurses think its easy. If I do the self direct I can go at my pace and I get a book with it. I take CEUs from AACN but have been looking for a course that will give me more overall ICU stuff and this seems like it
Should I take it? How will nurse managers perceive me taking this course when they are looking at my application for ICU internship? thanks!
Oct 25, '11
I didn't know there were critical care courses. I can imagine it would be very difficult to do while still in school. I started working in an ICU out of school and had a great New Grad program that was unit specific with 6 months of orientation to the unit with a gradual increase in patient acuity as well as classes. Worked pretty well for those who made it through.
Oct 30, '11
wait to get hired as an rn and it's free through your job most likely. you would have a better understanding of what they teach if you have experience as a nurse. it's a tough class. physician assistants and nurse practitioners , and experienced rn's are the main one's that seem to be taking it