Best start on road to CRNA

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Hey all,

I am a new grad RN looking to becoming a CRNA. I first applied to ICU positions, but was unsuccessful and applied elsewhere and just today was presented with two job offers.

One is close to me, a 200-bed Magnet hospital with a good reputation, on a med-surg and tele unit. I had two clinical rotations on this unit; they do carotids, strokes, general (non orthopedic) surgeries, etc.

The other one is at a 391-bed Magnet hospital with a great reputation, on a medical cardiology/tele unit.

Pay and benefits aside, is there a significant difference in the level of experience these hospitals will give me? Both would provide opportunities for advancement to ICU, but the second has a critical care internship program.

manusko

manusko

Specializes in critcal care, CRNA. Has 4 years experience. 610 Posts

Hey all,

I am a new grad RN looking to becoming a CRNA. I first applied to ICU positions, but was unsuccessful and applied elsewhere and just today was presented with two job offers.

One is close to me, a 200-bed Magnet hospital with a good reputation, on a med-surg and tele unit. I had two clinical rotations on this unit; they do carotids, strokes, general (non orthopedic) surgeries, etc.

The other one is at a 391-bed Magnet hospital with a great reputation, on a medical cardiology/tele unit.

Pay and benefits aside, is there a significant difference in the level of experience these hospitals will give me? Both would provide opportunities for advancement to ICU, but the second has a critical care internship program.

The one with the residency for sure.

CRNAspire

CRNAspire

Specializes in Anesthesia. 54 Posts

ICU residency!!!! i partcipated in one and was the best thing i ever did (for my bedside nursing career)...

cardiacnurse12

cardiacnurse12

16 Posts

The offer is not for the residency, but they allow new nurses who have worked there under two years to apply, so I would have an opportunity to enroll in the future.

It is my impression that medical cardiology would be better than a mix of med-surg/neuro/vascular for supporting experience, is this correct? The main downside to the second hospital is that I would have to relocate, not a big issue, but I do know several nurses on the unit at the first hospital.

cardiacnurse12

cardiacnurse12

16 Posts

Took the cardiology job. Hopefully I will have opportunities in critical care open up in time; right now I am looking forward to this job and the opportunities it will offer.