Dear Fellow Nurses and Healthcare Professionals,
I say with great sorrow that I was just received a rejection letter from Columbia University's Post BSN - DNP AG-ACNP program.
I graduate from my BSN program this coming May, and I am currently in search for work.
Initially, my dream before becoming a Nurse was to work within Hematology/ Oncology in the Pediatric Population. However, towards the end of my program, I developed an interest in Critical Care. I appreciate challenges and fast paced environments, as well as the uncertainty/ patient instability that the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit provides. (The more lines, tubes, and drains I have to work with - the merrier!)
My questions for my fellow allnurses users are,
--Do you have any opinions of a new graduate nurse applying to get into the CTICU? If so, what are they?
--What are your suggestions, if you have any, for the new graduate nurse with the intention of getting into the CTICU?
--For those of you who work or have experience with CTICU Nursing/ ICU Nursing, what would be your best advice for the success of the new graduate entering the aforementioned environment?
Our CTICU only hires new grads that have been patient care techs in the unit. It's a steep, steep learning curve.
Thank you for your reply! I am curious as to how being a patient care tech before being hired as an RN would help the new graduate acclimate to the CTICU; I have never heard of this practice (only hiring new grads who have been PCTs). Does this practice seem to be working for the new graduates being hired in your CTICU?