Hi there you guys.
As some of you already know, I'm an OR nurse who graduated in May. I'm researching my options in critical care areas to enter into because of requirements for CRNA school. (Which is hopefully in my future....maybe 3-4 years into my future, to be realistic.)
I'd like to know, based on your experience, how long it takes to train an RN with no previous Peds experience?? (Other than clinicals in school) Is it the same length as a new grad, or less?? Are liscensed RNs with no prior Peds experience even considered for these positions? If I were to go for this, it would probly be at Children's Mercy Hospital here in Kansas City....which is also where I had my Peds clinical. I think it would be the best place for learning, considering it's also a teaching hospital.
Anyone have advice??? Any would be greatly appreciated. Pros, Cons, or Otherwise.
Dec 7, '01
Thanks for your reply Jolie. I appreciate your honesty and do plan on speaking with others before any moves are made. One of the gals I graduated with was a tech in the PICU at Mercy for 6 years before she became an RN. She loved it so much she stayed on the unit. I just haven't talked w/her yet to get all the details. I won't be able to make a move at least until I get married in May....so I can get on my hubbies' insurance before leaving my current hospital. (if that's what I decide to do.)
I still need to know if a licensed RN with no previous experience can start off in Peds in the PICU. Anyone here know??
Last edit by KC CHICK on Dec 7, '01
Jan 4, '02
I wouldn't think the seasoned OR nurses would be able to transition as easily as a new grad either. I, on the other hand, have only been out of school since last May. I'm also a very fast learner.
I'm considering other options as well. ICU happens to be one of them, as well as the PACU. Both are acceptable areas for CRNA school. I contacted the school and they prefer adult ICU experience anyway.
Last edit by KC CHICK on Jan 4, '02