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    I am interviewing at both Shadyside Neuro ICU and AGH's trauma ICU. I have been working at UPMC for the past three years on a cardiac unit and I am very excited to go to the ICU, I am just not sure which one. I shadowed at shadyside as a GN, but did not take the job, thinking I wasn't skilled enough as a new nurse to handle a neuro ICU. I don't know much about AGH, so if anyone works for or used to work for either of these hospitals I would appreciate any pros/cons you might have for me to make a decision. Thanks!

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    I am currently working for UPMC on a cardiac unit and I have been wanting to go to the ICU since a grad (3 years ago) and finally have some interviews. I interviewed at my current hospital but they're goofy about internal transfers to keep it short and I also set up one at shadyside neuro ICU and I am playing phone tag with AGH for trauma ICU/ED right now. If anyone works or have worked at either of these places I would appreciate some pros/cons of each to help me with my decision. Thanks!

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    jamst...you shouldn't have any trouble getting into an ICU out of school. Whatever you're offered take it. You'll get the experience and will be able to go anywhere else if you decide to. I turned down a job at shadyside in their neuro ICU as a GN two years ago and regret it. So now even though I have med surg and cardiac step down experience I am still struggling to make it to the ICU where I wanted to go in the first place...they take GN's over me and other RN's (no offense) right into the ICU and it makes no sense.

    As far as what they're looking for, well to be honest I think it's anyone with a nursing degree at this point. Your grades in school don't reflect the kind of RN you will be. I know people who got all A's in school and are terrible when they're on the floor and vice versa. I don't remember much about my interviews but the questions were general like why do you want to be a nurse, did you do anything in clinicals during school that picked up on something wrong with your patient (to see your critical thinking I guess) and just normal job interview questions.

    I work for UPMC in one of their community hospitals and it seems to be more competitive there to get into the ICU. I would probably go to Presby if you're interested in UPMC. You will get a ton of experience and like I said once you've worked there you can work anywhere. Good Luck!

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    Thanks. I work for UPMC though and my contract is up this summer so I can't go to AGH yet if I wanted to. I've heard bad things about that place though....

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    I currently work for a UPMC community hospital and want to do CC but they're not letting me, its a long story, see my post in the PA nurses forum for the whole story but I wanted to post something brief in here asking about any openings in the downtown area or elsewhere. I have wanted to do this since a GN two years ago. I have medsurg with chf/stroke specialty experience, I am certified in stroke intervention/assessment by the stroke association, some telemetry, have been charge nurse on offshifts and trained new nurses. I was born for CC but just need the opportunity to do it. Any feedback would be helpful. Thanks.

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    I have been wanting to do CC since I graduated two years ago and seem to have a hard time getting in somewhere. I had the chance to work at Shadyside in their Neuro ICU but I turned it down as a GN and regret it.

    I have worked medsurg with telemetry for two years and my passion is to do CC. I work at a community hospital for UPMC and they're really dumb about me transferring there. I was told I need to go to the PCU to get drip experience and etc but yet she later tells me she hires GNs and they're all doing great. It was a slap in the face to me since I have more experience as a nurse than a GN does, not to mention why do I have to take the long road to get where they are? Doesn't seem fair to me. And a med surg RN I used to work with who has as much nursing experience as me was accepted into the ER of the hospital so I don't understand why I'm such an exception to this. I know that I am a good nurse. I have been in charge when I did medsurg on the offshifts all the time and trained new nurses. I have also had CC MD's come to me after a code telling me that I would be perfect for the ICU.

    I recently transferred to the OR in an attempt to try something new and get away from med surge, not to mention I was not wanted in the ICU. Well, it turns out that after only three weeks of the OR I already know it's not for me and my calling is the ICU, it always has been. I am not interested in counting and sutures and all that they do in the OR and no matter how hard I try I can't get into it. I am more into what the CRNAs are doing. It's not what I thought it would be and I don't want to lose my assessment skills and med knowledge, I want to build on it.

    So, my question is does anyone work for UPMC in an ICU and how can I get there? Are any of them hiring? For anyone who works for UPMC I looked on MyHub and didn't see any openings. Any feedback would be nice. Thanks and sorry its kinda long.

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    Which CCAC? My daughter will be taking Chem 2 at Boyce this summer.
    The North Hills campus.

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    Would it kill your manager to allow you to change your shift for one semester???
    Well I started in the OR last week and their shifts are 7-3, 9-5 or 2-10 and I was going to just tough it out and work 2-10 during the week so I could have the days open for class and when I suggested that to her she was like I would just find another program that would be too hard. I didn't like the response because she's not the one doing it, I am. Anyways though I talked to the lady at Pitt again and I got the courses I'm supposed to take at CCAC and looked them up on their site and they offer both of them in the evenings ones in the summer one I'd have to take in the fall so I think it will still all work out in the end.

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    BCCC only offers chem 1 three days a week plus lab during the day which I cannot do since I work full time daylight mostly. CCAC offers it in the summer in the evenings which would be PERFECT BUT...I called the lady at Pitt today and she told me it's not the one that they accept, of course! SOOO, she is supposed to email me the courses they take at CCAC and I will have to see if it is in the evenings at all. CCAC seems to have more evenings available than BCCC. BCCC has chem 2 online and they meet every tuesday evening which would work but Chem 1 isn't offered like that so I just can't seem to win here....

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    Yeah I know. It seems everyone else around the pittsburgh area makes much more....

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    When I first started at a pittsburgh hospital it was 18.95 two years ago. It's now up to 19 something for new grads.

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    I got accepted into Pitts RN to MSN program but I have a problem. I didn't have to take chemistry in nursing school b/c my high school credit counted as it. SO....when I got into Pitt they were like you need to take a college chemistry which is a problem b/c it is only offered Mon, Wed, Fri with the lab on Thursday. It will be hard for me to do this b/c I work full time Mon thru Friday in the OR.

    My OR I work in has a 2 to 10 shift which I could do and then go to class in the morning before work, but my boss was like I suggest you find another school that doesn't need you to take chemistry. That really made me mad because I have always wanted to go to Pitt and was so happy I got in and now it seems like I have to pass it up and find another school.

    SO....the reason for my post is does anyone know of any schools like slippery rock or whatever around Pittsburgh or in Pittsburgh that might not require I take Chem??

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    Yeah I figured it was too early to make any calls yet. I haven't really done much yet like I said and I was just hoping that what I have seen already isn't how it is everyday. Right now I'm bored b/c I don't have many things to do or know what to do. When I was on the floor, I was in charge on the off shifts and was always busy doing something so to go from that to this is a big change. There is a lot to learn as far as the sutures and equipment goes, but that will come with time. I'm just hope that when I do know what I'm doing that I'm not still bored by it. I hope like you said that it will change once I get more involved. Thanks for the reply.

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    So I just finished my first week of OR orientation. I came from a med surge floor looking for a change and I found it. It is totally different and I guess I like it so far. I have mostly been following my preceptor around and doing little things like putting scds on, setting up some the equipment, etc. I like to be busy and I like excitement and so far this week I see that you don't see that much excitement like you do on the floor, and I kinda miss that. Has anyone else who has worked on the floor felt this way after going to the OR?? Or....do I just think its boring right now because I'm not really doing much yet?? So far the things I've seen about the role of the circulator are very repetitive and I almost feel like you don't even use any nursing skills for the job and that anyone could do it, not just a nurse.

    If it stays like this I'm considering going back to the floor to do critical care. I like to be fast paced and busy and I enjoy the rush of codes and things like that. Is the OR not the place for me then or should I just wait it out longer and see what happens?

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    You're not alone. I work med surge heart failure stroke and feel the same way. I've been there for two years and I'm transferring to the OR next month to try something different and see what else is out there. I get frustrated with the family memebers the most I think. They really can make or break your day and don't seem to think you know what you're doing and it gets old real fast. We don't go to their work and follow them around and complain. Working med surg gains you lots of experience though so it is a good place to start out when you're a new nurse. Try talking to your HR department about other options that might be open. Shadowing on other units like the ICU or something else you're interested in is a good idea. There's also home care nursing, but I think you need at least two years med surg for that, at least where I live you do. There's lots of different options out there. If you feel that way after seven months, it's most likely not going to change. I say explore your options and find what makes you happy. Good luck!


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