I'm getting close to choosing a unit to complete my senior capstone experience (which usually turns into a job after graduation). I have a contact on a CRU (Cardiac Recovery Unit) who says the floor is great experience for nurses who hope to attend nurse anesthesia school someday. I assume from the job description of this unit that it would be considered "critical care." However, I've heard people refer to CRUs as step-down floors as well. Any experienced nurses/SRNAs/CRNAs have an advice for me? Below is a porition of the job description:
"Cardiac Recovery Unit. Position is nights, 7:00p-7:30a, 36 hrs/wk, full time, .9 FTE. Required: Oregon RN license, BLS, ACLS required within 6 months of hire into critical care with renewal every two years thereafter . Preferred: Current experience within CRU or completion of the residency program, pacemaker, vent, and hemodynamics, intra-aortic balloon pump and CVVH."