I'm a NICU nurse with 7 years of experience and I've decided to make the jump over to the PICU!! Reason #1 is because there were no NICU positions open in the hospital that I was applying to at the moment, and reason #2 is that I'm going to be going for my masters soon, and I am not sure whether I want to do NNP or a PNP (or maybe something totally different!). The only way I figured I'd know for sure is to get some experience with the bigger kiddies.
My experience has been in a level III university hospital NICU, and I'll be going to another university hospital. The PICU there is a 20-bed unit, where they do cardiacs and ECMO (which I don't have experience with, and I am really excited to learn more about) as well as everything else a PICU might have. My only experience so far with a PICU has been floating there in my current hospital, and to be honest, it's been not so great. I'm hoping with a proper orientation, I will learn to love the PICU!
I've been lurking on this board ever since I applied for the position, and I'm looking forward to learning more from all of you PICU nurses! Maybe a name change might be in store for me soon!