In my home country I worked in LR-DR and rarely did we have high risk cases. After 2 years of working there, I felt I wasn't learning enough. I wanted more professional growth and I was thirsty to extend my knowlege and skills in nursing.
So, when I applied for work abroad, I chose to be in the medical/ surgical ward area. Though, ICU was really the area I wanted to be in, I didn't try applying for it. I thought I wasn't ready for ICU since I was in a completely different area for a long time.
Fast forward, I got the offer to work in the ward, but when I arrived here in KSA, the nursing admin said they didn't have slot for ward areas anymore. They offered me other areas, but I insisted on ICU. They did not want to allow me, however, because of my background. I still insisted, and they gave me a condition that if I pass the probationary period, that's the only time they would allow me to be fully absorbed in the area.
Now, for nearly 2 years, I have been working (and coping) as an ICU nurse in a 1,000+ bed capacity hospital. The start was honestly really tough for me- learning about ventilations, crrt, cvline's and aline's, etc... But what kept me staying there was because I really liked what I was doing and that I enjoyed learning and that feeling that I have grown and is still growing professionally