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Family Nurse Practitioner
The hospital system that I work for will hire ADNs but they stipulate a date by when that nurse must complete the BSN. Our ICU only has BSNs who are also certified in critical care.
My suggestion is learn as much as you can from everyone you can. There is something to learn from every person from the environmental services folks through management. Take what you learned in school and intermix what you learn on the job. Create your way of providing safe, efficient, and timely care. Most importantly, make friends with the CNAs and ER techs. They can make or break a shift. Always ask questions when you aren't sure.
I currently work with a pulmonology and critical care physician who smokes. He says the stress of running the ICU makes it next to impossible for him to quit. When I was still a floor RN, I worked with an RT that had lung cancer and he was still smoking. My own husband had stopped smoking for 17 years but picked it back up when he opened his own pharmacy 5 years ago I can't get him to stop either.
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