I will be graduating in May as an RN. ICU is one of my interest. I'm not sure though if I would like to start off there or not. I don't want to get burned out as soon as I begin, so I've been told. Do you have any advice? Maybe personal history about what you did as a beginning nurse.
Sep 23, '01
Don't worry so much about ICU burnout... as long as you got moral support from your collegues
Sep 23, '01
I've worked ICU for about 2 yrs. It may just be me but I look
forward to going to work everyday. I love it. I wouldn't want
to work anywhere else. If you keep things in perspective and
end up with good co-workers you'll won't burn out there any
faster than anywhere else.
Oct 1, '01
I really thought that the ICU was for me. I'm a new grad that started in the ICU also. My knees still shake when I walk onto the floor and I have been doing this job now for 9 months. I have learned alot!!!!! But I'm still not so sure that this is for me. I admire all the ICU nurses that love this area because this is a high stress and intense job....Although I think all areas of nursing has its own intensity of stress......Good Luck to you
Oct 4, '01
I have been an ICU for 6 years. I did not come to the ICU straight out of Nursing school
, but still had the jitters before I went into work for about my first six to nine months. My peers at work help each other make it through a difficult shift. We hire new grads in our unit. We call them "homegrown". Just remember there is never a stupid question, if you are unsure about anything and if a "seasoned" RN makes you feel bad about asking questions, then remind them not to eat their young. Good Luck with whatever you decide.