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?
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.