Last week I got a job offer to start working in MICU in a level one trauma hospital and I accepted it. I am so excited.
Ever since I entered nursing school, it's been my dream to be an ICU nurse. When I first graduated, I had to work on Med Surg/Tele floor first, in fact in this area, it was a miracle I even got a hospital job. I was disappointed, but I soon realized it was a blessing because I became good at many skills and my confidence as a nurse grew.
I was always looking for ICU job, but without success, I did not have connections anywhere, and my hospital only wanted to hire experienced nurses from outside. Plus I was commuting one hour each way and I did not know how long I wanted to continue doing that. I was getting depressed because I received one rejection after another. After Christmas I decided to start hiking on my days off and the time in the hills gave me chance to think, reflect, analyze what's going on in my life. I decided that I will not give up, and I will make this search my "part time job". I made a battle plan and 4 weeks later I received a job offer in a hospital that is the best in the area.
And by the way, this hospital is only 15 minutes from my home.
Feb 3, '14
Congratulations on your new job, and welcome to ICU nursing.
Feb 3, '14
Welcome! You will learn tons during your orientation. Im about half way done with my MICU orientation after working in a trauma level 1 ER for 1.5 years and I'm still learning new and exciting things everyday. If you start to feel overwhelmed just keep on asking questions. Good luck!