So I have 2 weeks left of my current job. I work on a general telemetry floor designated as intermediate care. Not a step-down though. Average ratio of 1:5, sometimes 4, a little more often 6. I graduated nursing school in August 2011 so this was my first job as a new grad. I have loved everything about my floor and working at my hospital other than the patient population. It just wasn't giving me the satisfaction at the end of the day that I was looking for.
I recently, applied, got offered, and accepted a position in another city (at the beach!
) in to a medical ICU and I'm incredibly thrilled for this new chapter. I did my final immersion experience in school in a M/S-ICU and absolutely loved it. I knew it's where I eventually wanted to end up.
So, here I am. Getting what I've wanted. I'm nervous for obvious reasons, but probably just as excited for both the job opportunity and the prime location. I've been told by many of my peers and managers at my current job that I have done extremely well. At almost a year in to this position I was getting to the point where with a lot of the typical day-to-day stuff I was beginning to feel comfortable in what I was doing and not to be completely lost trying to put the pieces together. Soon I will be back in those shoes again, although my confidence in some of the basic aspects of nursing will be there (assessments, pumps, etc etc etc).
I was just curious for others who have made the transition from the floor to the ICU, what was the experience like for you? I know I have much to learn in the days, weeks, months and years ahead, but how was the transition for you? For anyone who transitioned earlier in your career, did you feel like a new grad all over again or did you feel like you were able to focus on more of the specifics of the unit since you had a chance to focus on the basics earlier?
Sorry for the long-winded post, but like I said I'm very excited and look to hear from others on their experiences. Thanks!