Bad time to start ICU job?


I work on a med/onc unit where we also do tele. I've applied for an ICU position but I'm having second thoughts on whether or not this is the right time for the move.

While I really want to get into the ICU, from what I've read on here there is a 1-2+ year learning curve. I'm starting my online RN-BSN program in the fall plus I have a 3 year old and 1 year old. Is that too much to take on all at one time?! It sounds daunting when I think about it.

I really do want to get into critical care, into a speciality, and I'm eager to learn. But do I really want to start at the bottom of the bottom while raising my family and trying to get my BSN?

Any 2 cents would be much appreciated, Thanks!

francoml, ASN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care at Level 1 trauma center. 1 Article; 147 Posts

Go for it. It is a lot to learn but with some hard work you can make it happen.



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I was recently in your same position, and it was very difficult. Although I did not take the online route. I accomplished both goals, but it was not easy. There are a few things you should consider, that I did not.

1. Are clinical hours required for your degree program?

2. What are the required education / training requirements for the ICU department?

3. Scheduling issues with preceptors and class work assignments?

4. What are the required certifications and the time frame to have them completed?

Balancing family, work, and school schedules is difficult and you will not be able to give 100% all of the time. I feel that now that I have graduated I am able to devote some much additional time learning more about these critical patients and issues. I graduated this April, and I am very excited that I have yet another goal accomplished. I hope this helps and I wish you the best!



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ICU learning was easier when I was in BSN at the same time. I am sure your education RN could give you some advice. If nothing else then go for it (while you are alive so hard to get started when you are oos for 3 yr.).