I've been in my MICU for over 8 months now. Other experiences are PACU for 2 years and ER for 4.5 years. As I have said in the other thread, the acuity level of my unit is not that great. It's merely nothing but stable vented nursing home patients that you turn Q2. I feel like I have hit a brick wall in learning what I need to learn while being up here. I want to go to a busier and more acute hospitals, however can't leave right now due to them reimbursing my tuition, as well as me needing enough vacation time for my wedding out of the country this June.
I have an interview coming up in May and I am a wreck. Former grads told me not to worry since they only ask personal stuff, not anything clinical, but I am not too confident about this. The good thing is, the director is a very "word of mouth" type of guy, and it only took a phone call from a former grad for him to personally contact me to send in my application.
I understand that I need to be fulltime critical care by the time I start, but would it hurt to go per diem at a different and more acuite cticu/cvicu's? My plan A is to stay here until there's an opening to the cardiac care unit or the cticu (not a busy kind)... Plan B is to just take the reimbursement hit and seek a job elsewhere. The only thing is... there aren't that many open positions at the more acute hospitals. Most are part-time's or per diems. Would it hurt to just take 2 per diem jobs at a more acute unit? Plus it's not like i'll just work 3 times a month there since I need to pay my bills.