I'm considering leaving my neuro trauma ICU for something less stressful on my body. Not knowing all that much about the PACU side of nursing or any PACU nurses, I'm wondering if PACU would be an option. They are looking for PACU nurses in my facility.
Neuro trauma ICU is physically and mentally exhausting with 12 hour shifts, frequent road trips, unstable patients, constant monitoring of critical patients, titrating vasopressors and sedation, assisting at bedside procedures, dealing with families etc. It's a stressful juggling act. I've been at it for 6 months and although the unit is satisfied with my progress, I'm totally spent. I would like to have something left of me at the end of the day and maybe leave on time more often.
What's PACU nursing like and would it be a good fit for me?
I guess I'm looking for an easy escape, a job that doesn't exist. The reality is that there is always a trade off. I was also looking at same day or outpatient surgery positions. No nights, no weekends, no holidays and no call. Also, not as many dollars in my pocket come payday. Then of course, this past week has been a walk in the park in my ICU. My last shift, I was singled. It was such a pleasure. There's also this little nag in my head that says I should stick firm where I'm at until I've given it a solid year.
No easy answers but the question lingers as I'm up for review and the question will come up "are you happy?". I don't know how I'm going to answer.
Thanks to all of you who have taken the time out of your busy lives to respond. The feedback is incredibly helpful.
Last edit by wonderbee on Jul 9, '06