These are all potential scenarios because I haven't had a formal offer yet but I have been told news is good and should get offers soon at some point. Here are the options..
Burn ICU (hospital a)
Cardiothoracic ICU (hospital a)
Hospital a pays 65k base, 1,200bsn, 6,600night. Not sure if it will be for day or night and not sure which unit i may get offers from both, none or one. Job asked if i had other offers, informed them of offer from hospital b and they told me theyd do their best to give me an update asap. Id like to add that the morale/manager on bicu seemed to make me feel motivated and feel like id learn a lot. cticu seemed great because i love heart and it was my original goal coming out of school.
Med-Surg (hospital b)
Hospital b pays 72k base, 1,300bsn, 6,000 night. Also, not sure if it will be for day or night. This job is pretty much a guaranteed offer within the next few days. I enjoy medsurg but would prefer critical care. The question is whether the extra money is worth it and also i'm not sure if the morale would be as great as the other two options?
Thanks so much. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! (p.s. i have ~45k in loans but living rent free atm so the loans are my only bills)
Dec 10, '12
As a new grad that loves the ICU too... I'm thinking med-surg first (for myself at least - here's why):
1. It really teaches you to prioritize.
2. As a new nurse in the ICU, it can be very easy to lose your license. Not trying to scare or discourage you at all, but these are heavy duty patients. Think of all the cardiac meds, drips, sedation, EVD's, hemodynamic monitoring devices, trached pts, etc.
3. Also, I don't know how well prepared I am to deal with families in the ICU - ex. families who won't let go of a loved one who clearly needs to be on hospice care instead of prolonging their suffering. I feel like Med-Surg would give me the experience I need to deal with families and sensitive subjects like health care proxies, living wills, DNR/DNIs...
Once you're working as a med-surg nurse for a year or two, maybe you can move on within that same hospital to the ICU. Hospitals usually just want 1-2 years of direct nursing experience. Once you have that, it'll open so many doors. Also, keep in mind that people are going to retire in 1-2 years time too = more opportunities for newer nurses. Try to get to know the nurse manager of the ICU in the med-surg hospital. They may hold a spot for you once something opens up. Let people know how interested you are in the ICU. Word will get around fast. =)
Best of luck to you though!
Last edit by yourstrulyjmc on Dec 10, '12