Thank you NurseKrieger and ahSICURN
. I really value your suggestions and advice.
I know it takes time and experience to become a confident nurse and I am ready
to take that time to learn. I was just wondering if that time can be used in ICU and not
Med-Surg, but as NurseKrieger pointed out, Med-Surg is a bit more forgiving than ICU.
I know I will consider myself very lucky if I even get to land an interview in this difficult
job market. So I will decide when that time comes.Yes, maybe the thought of passing
nursing school with good grades made me feel invincible and able to conquer the world!
Patient safety is always my priority and I would never do anything stupid to jeopardize that. But then again, as a new
grad do we really know what is stupid? My mom was a nurse in a cardiac ICU for more than 10 years
before she became a nurse educator and she always reminds me of the stress and unsettling fear
of forgetting something or not feeling right about a patient. Intuition will only come with experience,
since for the first year I will be too busy on specific tasks.
In regards to relocate my family, I was thinking of moving upstate NY where I could maybe work in a smaller
environment than a big NYC hospital. A friend of mine accepted an ICU position right off nursing school
and relocated to the Catskill upstate and absolutely loves it. My husband works from home and can work from
anywhere with a computer. My kids are still very young and can probably adjust better than we do!
Thank you again for your advice, it really helps.