Random question nurseman78. What do you think of the U's ICU Float Pool...I have a job offer from them for the Float Pool but am still deciding and it would nice to hear about it from someone on the inside!
The float pool has been great. I work in all of the ICU's and the ER. The float pool staff is fantastic and very supportive. I got a great orientation and I am learning a lot. They have a great Basic ICU course that I am taking as a refresher for my CCRN prep.
My assignments have been great, too. My first day off of orientation I still had some sick patients. I am impressed with the acuity here, too. One of the first patients I had off of orientation was on a vent with pressors and sedation. Not bad for a first assignment. And they give you the opportunity to take more acute patients by attending classes after six months to a year, such as the balloon pump class, the CRRT class, etc. I have already had CRRT patients in my previous place of employment, but I don't really mind not having them for awhile. CRRT is interesting, but not my favorite thing in the world.
My orientation consisted of rotating for about 3 days through the burn/trauma ICU, MICU, SICU, neuro ICU, huntsman cancer ICU, intermediate care unit, and the ER. I also chose to take their basic ICU series, as I've only worked in SICU for a year and I feel that there is a lot I can learn from that class. It's been great so far.