Ive been working in a Peds ICU in a major metropolitan hospital, and thinking of transferring to a major burn center nearby in their Burn ICU. I have already applied, but I want some insight from other burn icu nurses! The peds ICU used to challenge me and now it doesn't. I've taken care of some sick kids, and it was so rewarding and challenging. But other times (and almost ALL of the time now) I hate this unit because of some of the patients we get. Sometimes, our peds ICU doesn't feel like an ICU at all. I'm sick of Q4h chest PT and suctioning, trach to vent, post-ops, etc and other "ICU" assignments that leave your brain rotting away. Most importantly, I'm sick of the nurses competing with each other to get "good" assignments (you ICU nurses will know exactly what Im talking about)
My question is, does this type of stagnant environment happen in Burn ICU's as well? Are the patients true ICU patients and not just some fluff the floors can't accept because of technicalities? Ive been stuck in a rut trying to figure out what my next move should be. Ive done PICU for 3 years now and am ready to move on!