Quote from tgisummer
Hello. I currently work in a PCU and we get a mix of all types of patients and take care of some very critical patients. I was just wondering if it is possible to move to the EP lab from a PCU or if ICU experience is always needed.
I don't know the intricacies of Nursing, or how ya'll go about transfering.
I do know what sort of expectations exist in the EP Lab however, and I don't see anything about that situation that would take away from your ability to perform in the EP lab.
If you can work with Anesthesia patients, can manage conscious sedation and are willing to learn you'll get along just fine. In fact you could almost go so far as to say that a surgical or PACU/Recovery Unit nurse would actually be the best fit for the job, as opposed to ICU.
Maybe some,experience with Ultrasound and Pacing would be a plus? Not mandatory though,
No matter how you cut it... The EP lab is going to be an entirely different experience from just about everything else in the hospital. Theres noone who can walk into an EP lab and say "Oh yeah, I can figure out how to use this equipment! Its similar to my last ward!".
Everyone entering EP should expect to be walking into an entirely different experience.. If you're excited about being involved in a new frontier of medicine. If the idea of working on largely theoretical rationale, going in to cases with literally no expectation as to what you're about to find, what tools you need or what needs to be done excites you, welcome.
If you don't necesarily mind coming to work without knowing whether you'll go home at noon or midnight, or having to manage patients without any sort of clear algorithm to follow, if all this sounds good to you; you qualify.