I am a 39 yr old male who just passed NCLEX. Nursing is a second ,new career for me. My dream job just came along.Cardiac Critial Care Unit. This is a new 6 month preceptor program for new nurses only. 3 (12.5) hour shifts, 6:30pm to 7:00am, every 3rd weekend. Patient ratio is 2 to 1. The money is equal to my current pay, so I would not be loosing anything financially.
My problem: Some nurses I know have advisd me against it, saying things like: " you should work med surg first. The pateint ratio of the floor will force you to learn god priority setting, time management and assessment skills", the unit is so much responsibilty, why would you want to put your license on the line when you just got it", Why would you want to leave the job you already have (not in the medical profession at all, Mon-Fri 8-5), take a per diem job somewhere and have the best of both."
I am soooo confused and do not know what to tink or do. Any advise?
Feb 14, '04
My advice to you is this: If your dream is to work in CCU and you have the opportunity to do it, then go for it! I just graduated in May and I started in CCU in a training program and I love it! I have learned to prioritize and use my time wisely and how to assess a critically ill patient. I still have a lot to learn but I'm getting there a little each day and you will too. No matter what area of the hospital you work, you are putting your license on the line but with time and training you can do it safely if the training is good. Most of my co-workers say that it takes years to feel like confident in CCU. Be sure to ask lots of questions when you interview, that may also help you decide. Will they pay for ACLS, PALS, CCU courses within that 6 months etc..?
Feb 14, '04
Pman -- The job sounds great! Only concern for me would be the 12.5-hour shifts. If you can handle that, then I say go for it.
The med / surg advice is generally a good one, but this is your dream job. Don't let it get out of your hands!
If for some unlikely reason it doesn't work out, then consider the more traditional route suggested. You're certainly young enough that a few months won't make much difference over the course of your career.
Feb 14, '04
Go for the CCU job!!! You've got a license... so that emplies your'e capable of doing a nurse's job. Whether CCU or as a floor nurse.
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