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Problem is, 2 years in ICU are not enough to provide you the broad understanding and comfort when dealing with a wide range of emergency symptoms and presentations.
And this "critical thinking" thing is not something that can be learned, contrary to what many nursing teachers believe.
Critical thinking is simply experience and dedication to task.
After five years or so, many things become easier because you've seen "it" before.
What you once had to think hard about comes naturally. Nursing loves to use the "critical thinking" phrase, it makes us sound very special.
Well, we are special, but it has nothing to do with our thought processes. That's just experience and focus.
Med surg. nursing can be a mad jungle...especially early on in one's career.
But if your place is run such that even experienced nurses are often running around like hungry headless chickens with full bladders, then you need to get out there, anyway.
Perhaps another place....it's a tough call. You know you better than anyone here offering advice.
Follow your gut...there's time to make mistakes...you're on the right track to question your comfort zone.
You should NOT become a nurse if...
...you mind getting the body fluids of strangers on your clothes and shoes
...you think you'll have "magic moments" on a regular basis
...you cannot say "no" or prioritize tasks
...you are unnerved by multiple people telling you to do multiple things at the same time
...you think all your coworkers will be compassionate angels
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