Quote from FOCKER0014
Sorry got back to you so late. I was on vacation. Well honestly TNCC really deals with the treatment of the patient en route to the hosptital and pretty much while in the ER. Most of the skills and theories you learn in TNCC will already have been implemented prior to ICU RN receiving the patient. The book that I would recommend is the "PASS the CCRN". The CCRN certification is by far the most prestigious cert an ICU nurse can obtain. You will have a great understanding of all aspects of care if you can get this cert. Be aware, it is difficult to get and requires lots of studying.......................hope this helps....I'll be glad to give you more advice if you need it...good luck
I am nursing student, just starting level 3 this month, and over the summer I got a PCT 2 position at the only trauma hospital in the county, level 2 trauma. I really want ICU, but then as I talked to the recruiter, the questions she was asking, I did seem to be what she pegged me as, an adrenalin junky "like the nurses in the ER." I had thought about ER, but then blew it off; and as I've been told, just cause you want one thing, don't miss any opportunities. And I am glad I took this position; I cannot get enough of it! Wish I could always be in the trauma room, but as a PCT in the ER, we have all kinds of things to be doing to help out the RNs. And I love every minute of that too, drew blood my first day and can do EKGs, etc., things I haven't even done in nursing school yet. However, I hadn't thought about Trauma ICU til a girl at orientation mentioned it, then I thought, oh my goodness; I can have really bad off patients and be in the ICU--of course I want no one bad off, but there are bad things happening to good people every day, so I want to be there to take care of them--and now I am trying to regroup and think about where I really want to specialize. I want to do my NP/MSN after my BSN, applying in January for BSN, but I am sort stuck about which way to go....critical care NP, clinical nurse specialist (but then what if I change my mind about specialty one day), am so excited about this opportunity but want to head in the right direction. I have been researching NP, etc., since I was doing prereq's and so far everything is coming together as planned, and obviously I like to plan ahead LOL, but I really want to do what I am meant to do; at this point I am stuck between Trauma and ICU and/or Trauma ICU?! I just don't know if ICU is fast-paced enough for me, i.e., love the ER and couldn't imagine sitting around EVER. But in ICU you are always checking labs, I&O, drips....and all the stuff I have no idea of yet being nursing student and new to a hospital. I know I want hospital now that I've done that, know some who are going to LTF for the $, but I would never do that unless my family needed a roof and food and it was only job I could get. I definitely love the 12's and just need some direction as to what I should be looking into/where I should get my experience while finishing my RN to get the experience for......I also liked being in the OR, but only did a couple days of that; I think I might get bored watching operations unless it's trauma OR.
I know this post was old but maybe someone can tell me how they knew which way they wanted to go.