I left PACU to go to ICU just three months ago. I was so rearing to get there because I was seriously considering becoming a CRNA (and still am, though maybe not as seriously.) I have to say, I didn't think I would be so miserable! I've examined the reasons for my misery and have narrowed it down to all the ancillary stuff that pulls me in a million directions (most of which are away from the actual patient care) so, I don't think it's just the learning curve. I've been a nurse for 4 years, 2.5 of which I spent in PACU. I'm pretty certain I could get my PACU position back, seeing as they are still looking for people to fill my, and another RN's, positions recently left open; however, I will probably be moving later this year. How would it look to future employers to see that I only spent 3 months in ICU before transferring back? Anybody been where I am? Any advice?
Jan 27, '11
If you're ditching the idea of going to CRNA school, by all means go back to PACU. I don't quite get this business of "you have to have worked X number of years in ICU to be accepted into a CRNA program". I personally think PACU teaches you more than enough to prepare you for the course, but that's just my opinion.
If you are really unhappy where you're working, chances are you won't be good at it. Work where you're happy. I don't think management will hold it against you-after all, you gave it 3 months, which should be enough to tell you whether it's a good fit or not.
Mar 30, '11
You gave it a probationary period and it didn't work out. They would do the same to you if you didn't work out for them.
Sep 23, '12
I agree with sunflowergirl70, this is a trial on both ends. It takes discernment to recognize that this is not a good fit.
Jan 15, '13
I would definitely go back to the PACU if you were happier there, especially if you are not going to apply to CRNA school. Also, albeit slowly, some PACUs are starting to use nurse practitioners, so that may be a consideration for you. I will probably be working in the pre-op clinic when I graduate, but I want to show them that there is also a place for NPs in the PACU to keep in there in an expanded role. I love the PACU and don't want to give it up!
Jan 15, '13
just noticed how old the original post is! Whoops!