Hello!! I recently passed the board exams and now i'm faced with this decision. I really want a strong foundation for my nursing career and I have such a broad range of interests. I want to be a nurse anesthetist someday and i know i need CCU training but should i wait 3 months for Cooper's CCU orientation or UPenn's gateway orientation to the Operating Room. Both are very good teaching hospitals. Will it be difficult to transition from being an Operating Room nurse to a CCU nurse after a few years? Please share any insight you have on this. I could use some kind of advice right now. Thank you so much for taking the time to read.
Sep 20, '06
CRNA needs 1 year critical care experience learning to titrate potent IV medication drips.....OR does not provide the same level expertise.
Coopers will provide you with experience you need.
Sep 20, '06
hi thanks so much for the advice. Penn is one of the top 10 hospitals in the U.S and the opportunity to work in an O.R doesn't come your way everyday but then i'm thinking i really need to get the basics of nursing down and the only way i'll do that is by going into a CCU. Have you ever worked at Cooper? The orientation starts january plus i'm not sure i'll get in. The H.R lady said to call back after a month if i'm still interested and looking. Would it be a bad idea to call her and ask her what the chances are of getting into Cooper? I just don't want to pass up the opportunity at Penn to only find out that I wont get the job at Cooper. I don't really know much when it comes to applying for jobs. Thanks so much for listening!