I have been wanting to do CC since I graduated two years ago and seem to have a hard time getting in somewhere. I had the chance to work at Shadyside in their Neuro ICU but I turned it down as a GN and regret it.
I have worked medsurg with telemetry for two years and my passion is to do CC. I work at a community hospital for UPMC and they're really dumb about me transferring there. I was told I need to go to the PCU to get drip experience and etc but yet she later tells me she hires GNs and they're all doing great. It was a slap in the face to me since I have more experience as a nurse than a GN does, not to mention why do I have to take the long road to get where they are? Doesn't seem fair to me. And a med surg RN I used to work with who has as much nursing experience as me was accepted into the ER of the hospital so I don't understand why I'm such an exception to this. I know that I am a good nurse. I have been in charge when I did medsurg on the offshifts all the time and trained new nurses. I have also had CC MD's come to me after a code telling me that I would be perfect for the ICU.
I recently transferred to the OR in an attempt to try something new and get away from med surge, not to mention I was not wanted in the ICU. Well, it turns out that after only three weeks of the OR I already know it's not for me and my calling is the ICU, it always has been. I am not interested in counting and sutures and all that they do in the OR and no matter how hard I try I can't get into it. I am more into what the CRNAs are doing. It's not what I thought it would be and I don't want to lose my assessment skills and med knowledge, I want to build on it.
So, my question is does anyone work for UPMC in an ICU and how can I get there? Are any of them hiring? For anyone who works for UPMC I looked on MyHub and didn't see any openings. Any feedback would be nice. Thanks and sorry its kinda long.
Apr 16, '07
jamst...you shouldn't have any trouble getting into an ICU out of school. Whatever you're offered take it. You'll get the experience and will be able to go anywhere else if you decide to. I turned down a job at shadyside in their neuro ICU as a GN two years ago and regret it. So now even though I have med surg and cardiac step down experience I am still struggling to make it to the ICU where I wanted to go in the first place...they take GN's over me and other RN's (no offense) right into the ICU and it makes no sense.
As far as what they're looking for, well to be honest I think it's anyone with a nursing degree at this point. Your grades in school don't reflect the kind of RN you will be. I know people who got all A's in school and are terrible when they're on the floor and vice versa. I don't remember much about my interviews but the questions were general like why do you want to be a nurse, did you do anything in clinicals during school that picked up on something wrong with your patient (to see your critical thinking I guess) and just normal job interview questions.
I work for UPMC in one of their community hospitals and it seems to be more competitive there to get into the ICU. I would probably go to Presby if you're interested in UPMC. You will get a ton of experience and like I said once you've worked there you can work anywhere. Good Luck!
Last edit by SandraDeeRN on Apr 16, '07