Quote from cindycin35
I was wondering what I need to do in order to work in ICU. I looked up an online job description and it said that I need an ACLS, and CCRN. I'm confused about the CCRN. Does that mean I have to work elsewhere for so many hours, and then apply to ICU after I complete an CCRN?
I think that it is great that you want to work in Critical Care, I find the job myself to be quite exciting and a very great place to actually feel like your nursing care is going somewhere, because you can actually see progress happening right in front of you and that is an experience that makes being a nurse so great.
I would suggest you working in a PCU (Step-down unit) or a Med-Surg unit at least for 6 months before venturing to a Critical Care Unit. The only reason I suggest this is because most new nurses do not have the "Time-Management" skills or nursing experience to actually do the job in Critical Care areas effectively, or feel like your actually doing the best you can do. Thats not to say that your not educated enough to do the job, but it has a lot to do with experience. You learn how to be a nurse after you graduated and not while in nursing school. Nursing school equips you with the education, but not the experience required.
Working on a PCU or Med-Surg unit first, will equip you with the experience to take care of acutely ill patients rather then critical care and will actually give you better time-management and experience to better take care of your patient and give you the nessecary patient assessment skills required for the critical care area.
While you are working in a PCU or Med-Surg unit you can still take classes and train for your CCRN certifications, and getting the nessecary requirements such as BLS, ACLS, PALS, NRP, and other things that will make you a better critical care nurse.
This is just my opinion of course.
But to answer your question... CCRN is just extra credintials and classes that you take to become more qualitifed to work in critical care. Must facilities actually pay for their ICU nurses to attended these classes and will pay for the certification test as well, that is just something you need to talk to your supervisors about.