Thanks for the post Lee. I do understand what you mean about staying until I have a good handle on the unit. I do most of the time feel as though it is all coming together (by no means an expert...just usually feel as though I can anticipate the next step....generally understand rationales..etc)
I am also at the point where I can't wait to get the IABP and CVVH pts. I already volunteer to take the hardest pt (heh...I am known for it...the other nurses on the unit always comment
And the code team is something I have really been looking forward to.... it was what made me decide my unit over the MICU actually when I was interviewing (just love the excitement)
I do feel lacking though in the whole surgical area and think that may be viewed as a weakness when it comes time for interview/application time. My plan is to work as an RN for probably three years and then apply. (so just over two more years til the big app/interview time) So with that time I thought maybe half in the medical side half in the surgical side would be beneficial.
Also, I just was looking at alot of the "essays" that schools ask on their admission stuff and it seems as though alot of them ask you what direct contact you have had with a CRNA in their day to day routine type deal...and well... I have very little....except for when they come to intubate my patient...and then obviously it is not like I am asking them what they think of their jobs, etc.
While I have researched alot on what a CRNA does.... what do people generally do to really see first hand and be able to actually see them in action (other than their emergency calls for intubation) I don't know if this sounds like a dumb question.
Thanks again for your post.