How do I become a critical care nurse? - page 6

I would appreciate feedback from anybody working in critical care. My questions are: -What does a critical care nurse do? -Can you get a job working as a critical care nurse right out of nursing school? -If you... Read More

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    There is an old saying that I'm not exactly certain who said it or how it goes, but the gist of it was, that just because you CAN do something, it doesn't necessarily hold true that you SHOULD. You may very well have a BSN in Nursing and have passed your NCLEX with flying colors, but that doesn't mean you can empty a bedpan with the instructions printed on the bottom. I don't mean to insult you, I don't even know you, but having a BSN or NCLEX doesn't prepare you for Critical Care and it doesn't teach you the intricacies of how to care for critically injured or ill patients. Can you even read an EKG? Can you intrpret an A Line? Have you ever run a Code? Have you ever had two patients crash at the same time? I'm not trying to be mean, but these are ICU related questions that come up every day. You said on August 7 you got a job, I hope for your patients sake, that it included a lengthy internship at the very least. You can't just say I work in ICU.

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    Does anyone have any experience with "non-traditional" students getting into ICUs? I'm a "young" non-traditional student, great health, good grades, etc.
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    Does anyone have any experience with "non-traditional" students getting into ICUs? I'm a "young" non-traditional student, great health, good grades, etc.

    Pray tell, what exactly is a "young" non-traditional student? That could very well run the gamut from a number of different ways.


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