Anyone going straight into ICU/CRNA?

  1. I worded this question specifically for those interested in going straight into ICU to continue on to become a CRNA. I have yet another year of school left in my ADN program and then plan on going straight into ICU and slowly finishing school for a degree in Biology/Chemistry. This degree is accepted where I plan to attend NA school (provided I get accepted).

    I'm just wondering if there are any of you in the same boat as of now? My real question is how I'm going to manage working in ICU and going to school at the same time. I have already figured out that I will take a semester off when beginning ICU because of the intense learning process.

    I'm just wondering what your thoughts are. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Theresa
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  3. by   New CCU RN
    Iliket,

    I graduated in May 2002 with my BSN. I've been working as an ICU RN since then......cannot believe it has been over a year now! Anyway, I say to go straight for the ICU! I am sooo glad I went straight into it as a new grad....

    Now as far as classes and work, I am also taking some classes to get ready for CRNA school. I am working Baylor plan during the school year .....(work everyweekend) .......kinda leaves you with little time to do fun stuff, but in the end, it will be worth it.
    Good luck
  4. by   iliket3
    I appreciate your reply. I asked the same question in the CRNA forum which is usually where I roam. I haven't gotten too many replies but maybe these aren't waters that too many grad nurses are willing to tread just yet.

    The crazy thing is is that I love school. I like not having a life, I like the "stress" of school and I love being constantly busy. There are so many who can't wait to get out of school it seems. I'm going to miss it. Am I insane or what????

    Theresa
  5. by   CarolinaGrl
    Iliket -

    I will graduate in two weeks with my BSN and start working directly in an ICU in September. I figure no matter where I work as a new grad, it is going to be new and challenging so why not just jump right in. I completed my senior practicum in an ICU and loved it, although I also discovered how much I have to learn once I start working. Most nurses were so encouraging in that unit of me going directly into critical care - that really helped my confidence.

    As for school, although I will have my BSN, I did it as a second-degree student so I am lacking the chemistry necessary for anesthesia school. I too will be taking classes while working. Like you, I plan to take off at least one semester to immerse myself in my orientation and learning. Glad to hear someone else with a similar plan.

    Good Luck to you.

    CarolinaGrl
  6. by   EmeraldNYL
    I'm going straight to a MICU when I graduate in a few weeks. I did a second degree program too, and I have to retake some chem classes because I totally slacked when I went to school for my first degree. So yeah, I'll be working and going to school too. My nurse manager has a rule though, she doesn't let any new grads go back to school until they've been on the unit at least 6 mo., that way at least you have some time to solely concentrate on learning your new job.
  7. by   USA987
    I agree with Emerald NYL...

    I am waiting 6 months before I continue on with school. Heck...going to the ICU as a new grad...I still feel like I'm in school between the critical care, EKG, pacer, hemodynamics classes etc!!! On top of that, I come home at the end of the day and try to read up on things that I saw that day.

    Best wishes to you!
  8. by   pokey sn
    Anyone this year going into ICU? I will be starting in the CTICU---next week(aack!), and just wondered if this year's grads will be jumping right into the deep end? Thanks for the response everyone
    Pokey RN
  9. by   EmeraldNYL
    Hi Pokey, I've been in the ICU for 10 months now and can't imagine working anywhere else!! You will do fine, just don't be afraid to ask LOTS of questions and go home and read about stuff you saw that day! After 10 months, I am still not fully comfortable-- many people tell me that this can take as much as 1.5-2 years. Good luck!
  10. by   pokey sn
    Thanks for the response EmeraldNYL! I hope to follow in your footsteps one day soon. Good luck with NA school
  11. by   kirbybunny
    I just graduated last month, and will start in the Cardiac Surgery ICU at the end of this month. I do not have my BSN yet, but I am waiting until January to start taking classes again. Good luck to everyone!


    ~ Jen
  12. by   Kingbandit
    Quote from iliket3
    I worded this question specifically for those interested in going straight into ICU to continue on to become a CRNA. I have yet another year of school left in my ADN program and then plan on going straight into ICU and slowly finishing school for a degree in Biology/Chemistry. This degree is accepted where I plan to attend NA school (provided I get accepted).

    I'm just wondering if there are any of you in the same boat as of now? My real question is how I'm going to manage working in ICU and going to school at the same time. I have already figured out that I will take a semester off when beginning ICU because of the intense learning process.

    I'm just wondering what your thoughts are. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Theresa
    I take my boards next Wed 7/21 and start my Critical Care Fellowship 8/9. I will begin my BSN Completion 9/05 and CRNA training in Akron, OH in 9/07
    This is my plan any way!
  13. by   pokey sn
    Good luck Jen!

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