I need some advice

  1. I graduated with my BSN in 2010, so I am technically still a new nurse. I have a little over 2 years experience with neurology/neurosurgical/medical surgical patients. It has always been my goal to become an ICU nurse. I want the exposure to everything, so I can be the best all-around nurse I can be. I have been at Emory University Hospital as a neurosurgery floor nurse, but I have recently landed a job interview in Emory's neuro ICU. I am ecstatic but nervous! I love the people I work with now, and I'm content with my job. EVERYTHING about ICU scares me, so I'm starting to have my doubts about transitioning to ICU. I didn't expect to get called for an interview so soon, especially since I have no ICU experience. I'm wondering if I should just go for it or stick it out as a floor nurse a few more years. I feel like this is the opportunity of a lifetime. It's hard for a new nurse to get ICU experience, especially experience in neuro ICU at Emory. I'm just really doubting myself and need some advice!
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    About bchughes

    Joined: Dec '12; Posts: 1
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    Specialty: 2 year(s) of experience in Neurosurgery/epilepsy


  3. by   Lev <3
    If the unit seems like a good fit for you and ICU is your dream, I say go for it! You have a good neuro foundation, which will help you somewhat. Many experienced ICU nurses started off in Med-surg. Take the job if you are offered it
  4. by   nrsang97
    Go for it. You will get a long orientation and critical care classes. I learned a ton working in a neuro ICU in Detroit. Your neuro background will only help you.
    Last edit by nrsang97 on Dec 21, '12 : Reason: added
  5. by   all517
    Totally go for it!!! If its your dream, sounds like your door has just opened!
  6. by   kjo1127
    Absolutely go for it. You're feeling nervous because you are stepping out of your comfort zone (which happens to everyone!) I was in the same position at one point in my career and felt exactly the same way. But I did it. And, as mentioned by nrsang97, I received the appropriate orientation and supervision to succeed in the ICU. You will, too!