I am a VERY new nurse. Still in my orientation on the Med/Surg floor I just started on. The floor I took the job on is a predominantly surgical floor. We see mostly ortho, gyn, urology, and CA related surgeries (we are the only floor in my hospital that admins chemo, so we get all of the oncology patients as well, surgical or not).
I am really liking the job so far. I worked on this floor throughout nursing school as an aide, so things are going fairly smoothly for me. My main goal is to get into some area of critical care eventually, and i prefer surgical patients over medical, so i think i would really like to get into a SICU.
Am I doing it right? If I work where I am for a few years, would I be a good candidate to get a job in a SICU? Is there anything else I can do in that time to make myself more qualified?
I work at a smaller campus of a large network of hospitals. my campus has one smaller general ICU, while the larger main campus has a MICU, SICU, CVSICU, ICCU, Neuro ICU, Trauma ICU, and possibly some more..
From what I gather, the smaller ICU at our campus does mostly medical, but we do send some of our patients over there if they go south after surgery.. would it be better for me to go from my unit, to the smaller ICU, then try to get into SICU?
Any advice is appreciated! Thanks!