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!
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.
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