Ok I am very interested in ICU and will be graduating from an RN bridge program in May 2008. I have a accepted to work in a hospital for tuition forgiveness program and will be applying for a job two months before i graduate. I have been talking to the nurse recruiter and she told me that ICU usually doesnt have any openings but as a new grad it would be a good idea to start in a step down unit. She said a step down unit would be a great place to start to be able to work in the ICU when there is a opening. So here is my stupid question.... Is a surgical step down unit the same thing as SICU and a medical surgical step down unit the same thing as MICU?? I know this is a basic question but I am confused on what exactly these are. Thanks to all in advance for explaining these terms to a confused nurse.
Sep 8, '08
I have worked both ICCU (intensive cardiac care unit) and Med-Surg floors and they are just too different to compare. When I transferred to ICCU after 5 years on med-surg floor, I felt like a brand new nurse. I personally feel like you should aim for an ICU job right off, if that is the area of nursing you want to specialize in. What is wonderful about starting off as a new grad in the ICU, is that #1-the senior nurses take you under their wing and teach you by your specific facility policy (I had one hospital that the nurses didn't do that for me, so now I am a policy junky, because it protects you in the end if anything goes wrong). And, #2-Usually, the hospital/facility will give you a 90 day book/classroom intensive, critical care class before you even start in the the actual unit. Hope this helps! GOOD LUCK!!.
PS--Another suggestion, don't be like me, and be a mousey person afraid to ask questions for fear of getting yelled at. IF YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND, then tell them! You will cry more times than you can count but it is worth it in the end.
Last edit by chloeysmom on Sep 8, '08
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