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Acute Care for the Elderly position at a hospital - is it a good job for a new grad?


I'm a new grad and am looking at a position on an Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) floor at a hospital. Though I only graduated a few weeks ago, I feel desperate to get a job. As many of you know, the job market is tough right now!

I'm most curious because I hope to pursue a degree as a CRNA and am not sure if this position will give me the job experience I need when I apply to CRNA programs down the road. Also, I'm just concerned how much "skills" experience I'm going to gain generally.

Does anyone have any advice? I need feedback!


If this is all you can get TAKE IT. You will be surprised what you can learn. It will be much easier then to take a job in an department which would be considered a good launching pad for CRNA. If you can get lines into 90 year old veins you can do anyone.


Specializes in ICU, trauma, gerontology, wounds. Has 34 years experience.

CRNA programs require intensive care experience. However, elderly people are all around us, no matter where you practice, so I think the ACE unit would provide great experience. Elders often have multiple conditions and many medications, so they are complex and interesting patients. I say: take the job, then move to ICU when you can.

Thanks Teresag_CNS. Your words of wisdom and encouragement make me feel so much better. I've been so scared on the one hand about finding a job, and on the other, of what the best job will be. I appreciate the feedback.

Thank you Granny Gidget. I would like to get in an ICU but the job market is so tough! Your feedback is so helpful.

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