I am currently an LPN, and entering the last semester on an ADN program. I have a strong interest in CCU nursing, and have been contacted by one of the larger hospitals in my area about a position after graduation. I was able to participate in clinicals at this hospital in my last clinical rotation, and I enjoyed the staff and patients.
My question-is this a big mistake to consider going into this area right after graduation? I currently work on a small telemetry unit, and have had telemetry training, and am familiar with the frequently used cardiac meds. But, really, how difficult is it to learn the procedures used in CCU? What about the vents, art lines, CVP lines, and gtts used?
I have spoke with the nurse manager of this CCU, and she told me that she offers all new grads 6 months of orientation......is this enough?
If any CCU nurses could give me some insight, I would greatly appreciate it.