I am about to graduated nursing school
and I am looking at trying to get an ICU job so I can work my way up to the CRNA goal. I was wondering if it matters what type of ICU job to get, such as MICU, SICU, CVICU. I was also wondering if when interviewing for the ICU job, if it is a good thing or a bad thing to mention my plans to further my education in the CRNA field. I can see where some people might see it as me being a hard worker, and others see it as bad since I might not be at the job but for a couple of years. If anyone could tell me if they have had this experience and what to do it would help out a lot.
Oct 13, '06
Quote from USCSomeday
Since when did hospitals provide on the job training for the ICU? I've never heard of this policy. I thought that as nursing school graduates, we'd be able to move directly into the job with limited, if any, on the job education. It would be a great thing if that's what they did, because to tell you the truth, it doesn't seem like nursing school is teaching us anything that'll prepare us for complicated, technical tasks. At least not yet. What do you think?
All of nursing is OJT. Nursing school doesn't teach you how to be a nurse. All nursing school does is arm you with the tools to learn how to be a nurse later, on the job.
And every hospital knows that. No, nursing school DOESN'T prepare you for real nursing. That's why most units have a 'skill mix'; so there's someone guiding you for the first while you are a 'nurse', and looking over your shoulder for the next while, and being a resource for the next while, and finally, a year or so after school, THEN you'll be a nurse in more than name only.
Some, myself included, believe that you need a good year on med/surg BEFORE moving to ICU for this same reason, but that seems to be a minority opinion these days. Of course, then there are the threads about ICU nurses 'eating the young' for this same reason. Sigh.
Last edit by ZASHAGALKA on Oct 13, '06