@SICUlove: You have totally read my mind! One thing I have learned working as a nurse for the past year is that working with people you like (and those who later become your best friends) really makes all the difference. I can pretty much get along with anyone and put on my happy face when I need too, but working with people you legitimately like really changes the whole dynamic of the floor. I definitely want a supportive group of people to work with especially because I am going to learning for a while and teamwork is so essential when you're a nurse no matter where you work.
The hospital itself does not have a CRNA program, however, it is a teaching hospital and it is a clinical site to several of the nursing schools
(including CRNA) in the area. I do know however that schools are really impressed by those who have work experience in this specific SICU.
I have been doing countless hours on these 2 units because I really do want to make the right decision not only for me, but my future career. According to what I have read on the internet, this blog and what I have heard from those familiar with the SICU the comments are the same across the board "it's great!" Those who work there love their job and those who know of the unit say that it is a phenomenal unit. So what's not to like?
I also thought about the benefits of being exposed to the surgical culture and the OR/Anesthesia team and how that would not only help with a future reference, but also how it would help me transition into that area of care. I also think that SICU would be a legitimately interesting place to work. This unit not only gets your normal surgical cases they also see trauma surg pts, transplants, open hearts, and over flow from the neurosurg unit. I really don't think I would have a problem becoming interested in my job if I worked there. Plus I'm just a curious person who likes to learn new things anyway.
When I originally started this journey I was pro-neuro all the way, but I guess now it's nice to have more than one option.