I'll be graduating soon and have interviews already set up with both the CVICU and SICU at a major hospital. I would like to get opinions from veteran ICU nurses on which unit you would recommend is best for a new nurse.
I do not expect either one of them to be easy. I expect them to be very demanding and I am more than willing to put in the extra time needed to study and learn. I am only interested in acute care settings so please don't recommend med-surg experience first. If you would please just let me know which unit you would recommend first for a new grad and why I would greatly appreciate all comments.
Oct 21, '11
SICU will be tough. You'll wonder what the heck were you thinking.
CVICU will be baptism by fire. You'll go home either crying or start drinking. :uhoh21:
Not to say that it's not for you ... just speaking from experience of doing the very same thing you're contemplating.
Last edit by Biffbradford on Oct 21, '11