I too just got a job, but I am in the ER of our only trauma center, level II. I am starting my third semester of nursing in August, so I am just a level 2 patient care tech in the ER. I am so excited to not only start working and learning, but my dream job is RN with my BSN in ICU/critical care, but when the recruiter called me and started asking questions....I don't want the same thing every day, want to be challenged every day, and really get bored with the same-ole, same-ole, so she said I sounded like the adrenalin junkies in the ER, that it was very competitive, but RN manager wanted to talk to me. I got the job and have my orientation soon. I wanted critical care and trauma, but I thought I'd end up in ICU, as this hospital is very hard to get into and we have the helicopter transport, so it's the best place for me, in my opinion, cause it's where we get the stabbings and gunshot wounds, and so on! I would love any advice of anyone working in trauma and/or ICU; they seem to be close because they are both critical care, but the assessments and prioritizing seem more fast paced than ICU, but I have no experience at all yet, just what patients I ended up with in clinical that did go south and I loved doing VS q. 15, O2, etc., seemed way more exciting than passing meds all day--no offense to anyone, just have never pictured myself as a floor nurse, never.
As an elective for my BSN I am going to do the emergency/critical care certificate, but I had planned (before applying for this job) on getting my CCRN eventually. It looks like I do not need clinical hours for the EMC or CC advanced technical certificate, and I believe you need tons of hours for the CCRN, but what is the major difference between the credential; CCRN showing you have way more experience? Is it considered another certificate or is it a separate license? I have not researched ER opportunities or credentials until today, and I just want every credential/class so I can learn this and be the best of the best. I know these are going to sound like silly questions to most, but I want to know what the difference is between the above credentials and any advice on the ER/trauma/critical care assessments, prioritizing, that kind of thing. I won't get to do too much as a PCT, but I should get enough experience and extra skills the hospitals teach to have my ACLS by the time I graduate, so I am so happy that I have been blessed with this opportunity, and human resources told me congratulations, that it really is unheard of to get in like this and that I could even get into ER as an RN on graduation, which is rare, she said, however possible. I believe I can do this and just can't express in words how darn happy I am LOL.
Advice on critical care/what to watch for (other than airway, O2 sat, obvious signs)....and please let me know what the difference is between the 2 credentials; it looks like one is more classes and then CCRN is the exam and license or cert?
I know I just ramble when I get going, but I could not have asked for a better offer! I don't mean to hijack the thread either, would love the same answers OP is looking for.
Thanks for any input!