MICU vs SICU - page 3
I am currently a nursing student, but I have a few questions regarding MICU vs. SICU. I know that I want to be an ICU nurse after I graduate from nursing school, and I am pretty sure that SICU is the... Read More
Dec 14, '11Quote from mattmrn2013Trust me, in our large teaching hospital, a lot of the patients in MICU are frequent flyers like quads that come in for repeated pneumonias, CF patients with issues, and those chronic medical patients that keep having problems. SICU is fresh people form OR, generally with NO VRE or MRSA (no gowning every time your turn around!!!) and more stimulation I think. I have been in SICU for about 30 years (yup- old!) but it is always challenging and not boring.I am currently a nursing student, but I have a few questions regarding MICU vs. SICU. I know that I want to be an ICU nurse after I graduate from nursing school, and I am pretty sure that SICU is the ICU that I want to work in. I just had a few questions regarding both MICU and SICU. Some of the hospitals in my area hire new grads in both SICU and MICU, some hire new grads only in NSICU, NICU, and MICU. My first question is this: what is the main difference between MICU and SICU? I realize that the patient population is different, but do you use some of the same treatment methods? Is SICU more fluid based resuscitation where MICU is more pressor and vasoactive drugs? Does the typical SICU patient have more in the way of Swans and invasive lines? Do the MICU patients tend to be more chronic and long term, and do the SICU patients tend to be more acute and quick to leave the unit? Next, for those of you who work in SICU, do you think a new grad could come to work in the unit and be okay? Finally, are those of you who work in SICU happy with your jobs? Do you like your work environment, and if so, could you tell me a little about what it's like to work in SICU? Thank you!
Dec 14, '11I just found out that a large (800 plus bed) teaching hospital in my area has a new graduate program that places new graduate nurses in the critical care setting. I graduate in May of 2013, and I can apply to the program in February of 2013. The best applicants are called in for an interview with 72 hours, and then they are placed based on their preference, and the available jobs. This hospital is so large that it currently has about 20 jobs in MICU, STICU, and NSICU. I made contact with one of the directors of the new graduate program, and she informed me that it is common for new graduates to be placed in critical care units, and that it is very possible that I could be placed on one of these units, depending on my preferences and the current job openings at the time I apply. I plan to apply for this program, and I hope that I will be accepted. If I am called in for an interview, my preferences will be as follows:
- Surgical Trauma ICU
- Nuerosurgical ICU
- Medical ICU