PICU experience for DNP-A program

  1. I thought I would ask although I havent even graduated yet. Im in an accellerated BSN program that finishses in August. I am hoping to get a job at an level 1 trauma ICU or a large childrens hospital in the area. I have built a small network and know a few people at the childrens hospital so I think I should be able to land the PICU job. Im not a 100% on the level 1 trauma ICU job.

    I really like the PICU especial the CV portion. Another issue I have is age and I need to get the correct experience quickly and move forward and not stale

    With that being said I have an email into the program director but have not heard back yet.

    So would going the PICU route be a mistake or do you know people that have succeded with PICU experience.

    Thanks for your time.
  2. 1 Comments

  3. by   ckh23
    Depends on the program. Just keep in mind that most of the anesthesia is delivered to the adult population and you have to deal with the co-morbidity you wouldn't see in a peds population, like CAD.

    In my opinion, given the two choices, I would go with the TICU for the experience. I'm not saying that PICU experience is bad, in fact several of my classmates only have PICU experience in a large hospital, but I think the TICU experience will give you the best bang for your buck when it comes to experience for school.