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  • Dec 18 '17

    Quote from oleartiste
    David,

    Hi I am currently in the position you were in (May 2008)...with UMC Tucson. Can you tell me more about your experience with them? Interview process; how long it took before you got a job offer? Thank you so much in advance for your response!!!

    When I applied to work at UMC via the internet on their website, Nursing Human Resources called me back the next morning. I actually applied at 11pm and I got a call back at about 9am in the morning. When they called me they said the position had already been filled, but they told me to chose 3 floors to apply for. So they helped me pick 3 floors that I wanted to work on and then set up an interview for me. On the day of the interview I had a seperate interview for each floor I applied for with the unit managers all in one day. I was offered a job during my interview. So I accepted and glad I did.

    I am very pleased with the hospital. I would recommend all new grads to start off at UMC for their first year. I have no regrets that I had to pick up and move to tucson for this job. I've learned a lot and still am learning. I work with a bunch of great nurses on 7 west.

    I plan on eventually moving on to a different location and applying to be an ER nurse elsewhere when my year is up here, but UMC was certainly a good stepping stone to start off on.

    -David

  • Apr 29 '17

    Really just depends on the Co-Workers who surround you. I love my ICU because my co-workers are fun to be around and we hang out outside of work. It would suck to work with a bunch of battle-axes.

  • Mar 9 '17

    Well, the best way to learn anything new in nursing is to keep moving around to different units. If you stay in one place to long you will never learn anything new. For example, I currently work in the Trauma-Surgical ICU. We also take fresh transplants as well. Well, I'm getting to the point where I don't think I can see too much more, and when I move (if the market allows it), maybe I should get into Cardiac ICU, just to change things up a little bit and see a whole new world that I had never been exposed to while working trauma. Don't stay in one place too long, or you get complacent with your job and bored, and then you start sliding a little. Always stay interested in your job! That is the best advice I can give you. Oh ya...always work critical care and never the floor...I worked the floor for a good year before I went into critical care, and I have to say...it was tough! But your scope is very limited. Floor nurses work damn hard for their pay, while I see many of us ICU nurses sitting on our arse all shift long...

    Nursing really is a good choice though, because of all the time off you get, and the hands on patient care can be really rewarding. It's really how you make it. I will try to stay busy all shift, and it's rewarding to see that your care made a difference. Something as small as mouth care every 2 hours seems trivial, but when you see that the patient hasn't received VAP over the 3 nights you cared for her, it's a great feelings.



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