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!