BSN, RN...then what???

  1. i have a BSN and hopefully an RN (if i pass the test )and would be working in an acute facility hospital in the coming year...my questions are:
    1) will working in an acute facility give some bearing if someday i look for work in the ICU dept. at some other hospital?
    2) what kind of courses do i have to take to better myself and not be a regular staff nurse forever?
    3) which is better...a 12-hour morning shift or a 12-hour evening shift?
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   kathrynlynn
    Sounds like you are off on the right path...already recognizing some of your goals.

    1) Most of the facilities hire new grads into ICU with an internship program....but, you should definately be good to go after a year of experience.

    2) Best advice I can give is to get involved! For example, volunteer to be on the QA commitee or the policy committee. Get your ACLS and PALS. Be a CPR Instructor Provider. Attend meetings for your specialty (ie, if ER, your local ER Nurses meeting). You can usually take all of the above courses through your hospital at no cost.

    3) Can't answer that one...are you a day or night person...what do you need to do outside of work?

    Good luck in your endeavors.

    K. Lynn
  4. by   egmillard


    The tone of your post is quite off putting. If you have become a nurse, with the intent of becoming more than a regular staff nurse, then you are going to be in for a long wait.....and if you work in a ICU setting you will find out that the staff are all regular staff nurses............Its good that you are becoming a nurse, but the best part of nursing in working on the floor, patient care and you dont want to close your eyes or you might miss the experience...
  5. by   SharonH, RN
    Originally posted by reyna
    i have a BSN and hopefully an RN (if i pass the test )and would be working in an acute facility hospital in the coming year...my questions are:
    1) will working in an acute facility give some bearing if someday i look for work in the ICU dept. at some other hospital?
    2) what kind of courses do i have to take to better myself and not be a regular staff nurse forever?
    3) which is better...a 12-hour morning shift or a 12-hour evening shift?

    Good questions.

    1)Having worked in an acute care facility will help you when you decide to transition into ICU one day although the healthcare climate now is such that they will take any nurse who wants to learn into the ICU.

    2)Right now experience is the most important factor, although ACLS is a good start and learning good tangible skills which will make you more marketable.

    3)Neither is good. But the morning shift will pass faster.


    I wish I had went into nursing with a plan as you are doing. My career would certainly be further along and I think I would have more options.

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BSN, RN...then what???