Why go into trauma/critical care nursing?

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    Hi everyone,

    I am applying for an internship this summer and it ask to write a paper on why I want to go into trauma nursing. So I ask, why did you all go into critical care nursing? Is it rewarding? What do you love most about it? Thanks in advance.
    Last edit by melissacarey on Jan 1, '12
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    The arenaline rush, the unpredicability, the acuity, the controlled chaos, the horror, the rewards, the pace, the constant changing scenery with different patients, different injuries.....the challenge.
    CrufflerJJ, eklecticsol, RescueNinja, and 1 other like this.
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    Earn your own internship.
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    I know... I will ultimately write the whole essay... it's just nice to get ideas that sparks something. I have writers block
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    Don't put "the adre.neline rush". You will probably sound like a trauma junkie and not get it. I hear it all the time in the EMS world and it mostly earns the rolling eyes.
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    Quote from Esme12
    The arenaline rush, the unpredicability, the acuity, the controlled chaos, the horror, the rewards, the pace, the constant changing scenery with different patients, different injuries.....the challenge.
    I agree, I enjoy holding sick patients like that in the palm of my hand, having pretty much complete control of my room and knowing my 1-2 patients inside and out. I love that it is fast paced,and I work in a CCU and love that no two MI's are ever the same.
    CCRNDiva and Esme12 like this.
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    Wow, you all inspire me! Thanks!
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    Quote from Marine2Nurse
    Don't put "the adre.neline rush". You will probably sound like a trauma junkie and not get it. I hear it all the time in the EMS world and it mostly earns the rolling eyes.
    YOu're right....it will bring eye rolls. I freely admit that I am a trauma junkie AND and adreneline junkie AND the best job I EVER had was a trauma flight nurse. The pay wasn't good (with OT it racked up though) but I LOVED site retrevial, I LOVED going and getting the sickest of the sick and I admit it.....I LOVE being told when I arrived "Thank God you're here, these people need help". Guilty as charged.
    Satori77, kool-aide, RN, and CCRNDiva like this.
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    Haha "the adrenaline rush"... it's true that all of us as ICU nurses love that. I do also enjoy when things are calm, but your brain is constantly being racked, trying to anticipate things and being proactive. It's not all about responding to crazy situations, most of the time you're trying to stay ahead of the game to prevent those crazy situations. It's almost like a chess game
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    I agree with all the comments of life-threatening situations: fast-paced, exciting, etc. But also I like the nurseatient ratio and also the support available when things go wrong. I have equipment, manpower and expertise available instantly. It is scary initially, but it's a great place to learn about nearly every acute aspect of most specialities.


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