I have been working in the ICU for about 5 months now (just graduated in December) and I realize it's not for me. I get anxiety and dread going to work. There are so many options in the nursing community, I just don't know where to begin. I can not imagine having 7+ patients in a med-surg setting, and would like something with a less severly acute, life and death, type of setting. Does anyone have any recommendations on what they love to do? Is anyone an office nurse? If so, how do you find these jobs. Thank you for all your help.
Jun 18, '02
Why not try a step down floor like tele or a PCU(Progressive Care Unit) which may have 4-5 patients per nurse? A friend of mine also got a lot of anxiety working in the ICU, but I don't believe she got enough support from the staff. She left one ICU and went to a smaller hospital ICU and likes it better there. Or talk with doc's who you can trust and see if any are hiring in their practice.
Jun 18, '02
from deep in the heart of texas
A good step down unit may help you, but you need to remember that there is a growing period being a new grad. Some call it reality shock, and a few other terms. Check with your supervisor to see if maybe some counseling services are available for you. They can help you to decide what is right for you and to help you decide where you want to go.
But dont decide anything in haste
keep it in the short grass yall