ICU is it a place for me????

  1. 0 [font=Comic Sans MS]Hi there, I really need some advise regarding my career plan.
    [font=Comic Sans MS]I will be graduating sometime next year as an RN. I am currently working as a NA in a hospital on the Cardio floor. I like my job and people that I work with so far but I really am not sure if I want to stay on the same floor after I graduate.
    [font=Comic Sans MS]Is not that I don't like the Cardiac floor. I just think that I am more of an OR person.
    [font=Comic Sans MS]I know hospitals will not hire new grads for OR. They usually require 1 or 2 yrs of Med/surg experience.
    [font=Comic Sans MS]And recently, I get an opportunity to speak with someone who knows there is a NA position opening in the ICU. This position opens to students and they will provide further training. They may hire the student as a RN after graduation.
    [font=Comic Sans MS]I think this is a golden opportunity for me to get my foot into ICU. But now my questions are:
    [font=Comic Sans MS]1. Is it hard to go from ICU to OR?
    [font=Comic Sans MS]2. Do ICU takes new grads?
    [font=Comic Sans MS]3. HOw do you compare the work at ICU to OR?
    [font=Comic Sans MS]I know both don't have too much interaction with patients and OR doesn't have weekend (unless during the on call days)....
    [font=Comic Sans MS]Any info will be appreciated! thanks.
  2. Visit  moliuchick profile page

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    35 Years Old; Joined Mar '04; Posts: 183; Likes: 7.

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  3. Visit  dazzle256 profile page
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    Quote from moliuchick
    [font=Comic Sans MS]Hi there, I really need some advise regarding my career plan.
    [font=Comic Sans MS]I will be graduating sometime next year as an RN. I am currently working as a NA in a hospital on the Cardio floor. I like my job and people that I work with so far but I really am not sure if I want to stay on the same floor after I graduate.
    [font=Comic Sans MS]Is not that I don't like the Cardiac floor. I just think that I am more of an OR person.
    [font=Comic Sans MS]I know hospitals will not hire new grads for OR. They usually require 1 or 2 yrs of Med/surg experience.
    [font=Comic Sans MS]And recently, I get an opportunity to speak with someone who knows there is a NA position opening in the ICU. This position opens to students and they will provide further training. They may hire the student as a RN after graduation.
    [font=Comic Sans MS]I think this is a golden opportunity for me to get my foot into ICU. But now my questions are:
    [font=Comic Sans MS]1. Is it hard to go from ICU to OR?
    [font=Comic Sans MS]2. Do ICU takes new grads?
    [font=Comic Sans MS]3. HOw do you compare the work at ICU to OR?
    [font=Comic Sans MS]I know both don't have too much interaction with patients and OR doesn't have weekend (unless during the on call days)....
    [font=Comic Sans MS]Any info will be appreciated! thanks.
    I think you should go for it. You won't know if you like it until you try. As far as interaction with patients......your mistaken ICU you will have a lot of interaction with patients and family members. As far as taking new grads in ICU... our hospital does and they do great.
  4. Visit  moliuchick profile page
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    Quote from dazzle256
    I think you should go for it. You won't know if you like it until you try. As far as interaction with patients......your mistaken ICU you will have a lot of interaction with patients and family members. As far as taking new grads in ICU... our hospital does and they do great.
    Thanks for correcting me. I assume that most patients on ICU are pretty out of it. That's why I said,"little interaction". By the way, why is there a big demand in the ICU? Do you know?
  5. Visit  alanpe profile page
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    Working in intensive care unit is a good chance to work and learn very much; I can tell you that in three years, just three years, you will be the best nurse.

    In ICU you will know all kind of skillness; I do not believe that in the beginning you will work alone; one time you had learnt the stuff and how to move in ICU you will love your job. It is just patience and by four years you will work very good.

    It is important to know what is exactly the job you will do in the ICU and other tech questions to decide it. Some professionals fail in ICU so it is very important taking a look at the contract, unit, colleages, stuff, timetible, before get a decision.

    alanpe
  6. Visit  alanpe profile page
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    The other question: big demand.

    To work in ICU you need a golden heart; you will forget free weekends, I will feel stress, family illness pressure, staff stress..

    I would say that it is really important because over there you will help people which really need you.

    alanpe.
  7. Visit  NewNurse2003 profile page
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    I love ICU.
    Been on my unit for a year and a half and couldn't imagine working anywhere else.

    To me it's a great mix of clinical and technical nursing.
  8. Visit  alanpe profile page
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    Quote from NewNurse2003
    I love ICU.
    Been on my unit for a year and a half and couldn't imagine working anywhere else.

    To me it's a great mix of clinical and technical nursing.

    I think so, like you I have worked four months in ICU and some years in emergencies; the two services are a mix of clinic and tech; moreover one can interact with illness when they are near to get up, so it is a good service to learn. It is a good chance.
    alanpe
  9. Visit  happycamper profile page
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    I worked the OR for ten years, trauma surgery, open heart team, intraop transfusionist, etc. If you are a new graduate take at least a year to operationalize you assessment skills and to learn the daily routines of patient care and the emergency routines for critical patients. The OR will always be there. I left not because of the OR but because my skills had greatly diminshed. While the OR can be exciting, in a lot of areas it has degressed from interactive patient care to technical skills with machinery. Just a thought
  10. Visit  moliuchick profile page
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    Quote from happycamper
    I worked the OR for ten years, trauma surgery, open heart team, intraop transfusionist, etc. If you are a new graduate take at least a year to operationalize you assessment skills and to learn the daily routines of patient care and the emergency routines for critical patients. The OR will always be there. I left not because of the OR but because my skills had greatly diminshed. While the OR can be exciting, in a lot of areas it has degressed from interactive patient care to technical skills with machinery. Just a thought
    Good that you remind me. I am thinking if I really like OR a lot , I will probably stay there and not leave. I am a mom of two and I think OR will be better for me in a long run since I don't really have to work Weekends (unless on-call).

    I think what I can do is to work one day a week in a small hospital to maintain my skill. I am might work in the ICU briefly before I go into OR.
  11. Visit  happycamper profile page
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    Quote from moliuchick
    Good that you remind me. I am thinking if I really like OR a lot , I will probably stay there and not leave. I am a mom of two and I think OR will be better for me in a long run since I don't really have to work Weekends (unless on-call).

    I think what I can do is to work one day a week in a small hospital to maintain my skill. I am might work in the ICU briefly before I go into OR.
    Sounds like you are on the right track. OR can be exciting but dangerous as well, back injuries, blood/body fluid contact, accidents with equiment. The hours are good except when nurses call in and you can't leave your room, when your case goes on forever and you get out for one 15 min break, when you don't have lunch/break relief, when docs treat you not like second but third and fourth class citizens, when other staff treat you like "goffers." Just a little reality check. It's good and it's bad. For you I hope you experience the good more than the bad. Mine was but you have to make it that way. Lots of luck and thanks for choosing nursing.
  12. Visit  alanpe profile page
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    Think about a lot of things you can do in ICU for illness, if you do that you will forget stress, accidents, pressures and you will feee very well, it is more important.

    At the end all people die, why not doing what you really likes?, at the end we will die too. Of course we can get protections ways.

    alanpe.
  13. Visit  alanpe profile page
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    I was a mistake, I must write feel though I wrote feee

    Excuse me.
  14. Visit  ER_RN21 profile page
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    I will start in the Adult Critical Care as a new grad (BSN) in Jan. I think you should jump on the chance to work as a tech there, I have been a tech for 5 yrs and nothing has helped me more. . . I am excited to learn a lot but yet it is still in my comfort zone. I think ICU would be great to prepare you for OR, and you will still get that important med-surg piece before you specialize. Good luck, and don't forget to tell us what you decided!!


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