I think you should consider a few things with this decision. First, beyond what would look good for CRNA school, how do the individual units compare in terms of work culture, schedule, etc.? You will be spending 1 or 2 years there so you don't want to be with miserable co-workers! If you don't get in the first time, you need to be comfortable staying in that unit because you like it. This was important with me in deciding between ICUs and I made the right choice and love my job and co-workers. Have you shadowed both units?
Also, does the hospital have a CRNA program? My SICU has a reputation for having consistent turnover due to CRNA school but my school knows what kind of skill set people from my unit arrive with and that offers them some idea in what I know/don't know. I don't think my interview was as difficult as others from people out of state because they are trying to get a feel for what that candidate was competent with day to day. With me, I think they knew more of what they were getting.
I think it would look good for you to branch out from neuro to SICU and make you a more diverse candidate. I work in a level I trauma hospital in the SICU and we see a lot of neuro trauma too (we've had EVD's and bolts lately, most with extensive concurrent ortho injuries) so hopefully you'll get some neuro patients there. I got anesthesia and surgery references from my unit and I think the exposure to the OR team/CRNAs was helpful.
Good luck with your decision and best wishes in your pursuit! I can't remove all bias because I really enjoy my unit as a whole and work with my best friends that I've made while here :-) I'm going to Duke in Spring.
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So here is my current dilemma...I am currently between choosing jobs in either the Neuro ICU or the SICU. Both jobs are at the same level 1 trauma hospital in downtown Detroit. My plan is to eventually become a CRNA and I want to make the best choice so I can get into CRNA school. I currently work on a stroke/cardiac unit and I love my neuro patients, so I feel it would be easier for me transition into the neuro ICU. On the other hand, I wouldn't mind getting out of my comfort zone and expanding my knowledge base into another area of practice. I've also heard that SICU's tend to be "farms" or "breading grounds" for CRNA's. I guess I just don't know enough about SICU to know that I would like working there.
If anyone has any experience in these areas or has gotten into CRNA school with either one of these backgrounds I would really appreciate your feedback! Thanks everyone!