Need advice on which job to choose as a new grad.......... - page 2

Situation: I am a new grad with a BSN (2nd degree) that has been interviewing and have multiple job offers. I am looking for a position that allows me to grow and eventually work in an ICU. I am... Read More

  1. Visit  SAHMnurse profile page
    Yay! In my opinion, this is absolutely the right decision. Let us know how it goes. Congrats!!
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  2. Visit  maelstrom143 profile page
    Quote from Sherbi5
    This is really great advice guys, although it seems like the forum is split down the middle. I wish it was a clearer choice.

    Maelstrom - Are you sure a non trauma level ICU does not have ventilators. I thought the basic definition of ICU no matter the trauma level always included ventilator.
    I had not yet seen an ICU w/o vents; however, when you said "community ICU" I thought you had said it did not have vents. Sorry if I misunderstood. If they do have vents, then fabulous. However, how much actual ICU time vs PCU will you be working and will it transfer over to bigger facilities w/higher acuity? (Our facilities are snobby about taking RNs w/exp in smaller hospitals/ICUs due to they usually transfer anyone w/higher acuity needs and may not get the necessary experience the bigger hospitals require. Also, travellers coming to our facilities must have x years of solid ICU, not back and forth to PCU, esp if most time is in PCU, per mgmt).
    The bigger facility would give you more opportunities and once your foot is in the door it might be easier to get where you want to go. JMO.

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