ICU burnout?

  1. Hi~

    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.

  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   p.philip
    Hi krobertson,
    Don't worry so much about ICU burnout... as long as you got moral support from your collegues
  4. by   samrn32
    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.
  5. by   hollerhill
    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
  6. by   IntenseRN
    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.