GRACYSTAVESRN1974 527 Views
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IN THE DEFENCE OF THE NURSE MANAGER OF THE ICU THAT YOU SPOKE WITH, SHE IS RIGHT. I HAVE WORKED IN AN ICU FOR OVER 4 YEARS AND FOR THE MOST PART, NURSES WHO GIVE REPORT FROM THE FLOOR HAVE LITTLE TO NO CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS WHAT SO EVER. THEY JUST THINK
"SENT THEM TO ICU." MY OPINION IS IT IS BECAUSE THEY ARE TO OVERWHELMED WITH PT. LOADS. THEY HAVEN'T THE TIME TO STOP AND THINK ABOUT MUCH. HONESTLY I WOULD BE SCARED FOR MY LICENCE IF I HAD TO RESPONSIBLE FOR AS MANY AS 7-9 PT. AT ONE TIME. SO IF YOUR WIFE WANTS HER CRNA, I WOULD JUST GO STRAIGHT TO THE ICU.
We went to a job fair at a new North side hospital today only to learn that all positions (including med/surg) required two years experience. I started up a conversation with the manager of the new ICU, and related how important it was for my wife to get in the ICU. I also told her of my hypothesis that it might be more difficult for a nurse with some nursing experience, but not two years to find an ICU job than a new grad (based upon my observation that several of my wife's classmates had no trouble going straight to the ICU, but that she has had problems trying to transfer after six months).
I was surprised to find that she (the ICU manager) absolutely agreed with me. In fact she said that my wife going to Med/sugical in the first place was a mistake if she had the ambition of going to the ICU, and then becomeing a CRNA. She indicated that Med/surg was in fact making her a worse ICU prospect since it tended to degrade critical thinking skills necessary to the ICU. Personally, I don't see how caring for four to five very sick patients most with multiple IV's, and many with telemetry could degrade the skills of a new nurse! However, in the real world perception is reality and I'm left to wonder is this really what ICU managers think? IF so why would someone become acceptable after two years experience in med/surg? After all if being in med/surg degrades critical thinking skills then one would think that those skills would be significantly more degraded after two years than only after six months.
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