ICU is it a place for me???? - page 2

by moliuchick

Hi there, I really need some advise regarding my career plan. 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... Read More


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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.
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    I was a mistake, I must write feel though I wrote feee

    Excuse me.
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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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    Hi-

    I'm graduating with my ADN in May 05, and have been working in a neurology ICU at a top teaching hospital since july. the experience has been absolutely invaluable, though my schedule sucks (I commute 3 hours a day for school, 30 hours of class time, and 30 hours of work in the ICU)...I've learned more in these last 5 months than I did all last year in nursing school. there's a specific kind of nurse that likes the ICU, in my opinion, and they typically enjoy teaching- you'll get a lot more in-depth time with the patients than you would on a floor, and you'll probably get to observe lots of procedures you'd otherwise never see until you were working as an RN on the unit. I've even helped restrain a head-injury patient during an emergency ventric placement on the floor. it's been my experience that I do a lot more of the high-level tasks (inserting foleys, tube feedings, dressings, etc.), than my classmates working in med-surg NA jobs, where they typically do nothing all day but bed baths and vital signs. I do the occasional bath, but I have a lot of opportunies to participate in much more interesting stuff.

    That being said, you'll find bad seeds anywhere, but you probably know that already.

    Our ICU hires new grads- there were five or six starting work here at the same time I started my NA job.

    Overall, even though it's emotionally exhausting, I'm glad I chose to do NA work in an ICU (I plan to work in a PICU after getting my RN). I would highly recommend it.



    Quote from moliuchick
    Hi there, I really need some advise regarding my career plan.
    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.
    Is not that I don't like the Cardiac floor. I just think that I am more of an OR person.
    I know hospitals will not hire new grads for OR. They usually require 1 or 2 yrs of Med/surg experience.
    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.
    I think this is a golden opportunity for me to get my foot into ICU. But now my questions are:
    1. Is it hard to go from ICU to OR?
    2. Do ICU takes new grads?
    3. HOw do you compare the work at ICU to OR?
    I know both don't have too much interaction with patients and OR doesn't have weekend (unless during the on call days)....
    Any info will be appreciated! thanks.


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