Quote from NuGuyNurse2b
I'm not sure why this even matters. In my ER, new nurses are groomed for obtaining both CEN and CCRN within a year or two. We are assigned trauma CEU's through company sponsored online learning.
I agree. We tend to push for CEN, CPEN, and TCRN first but if someone wants to get their CCRN that is great. We start out ICU patients and start vents/NIPPV/other 'critical care' respiratory support, pressors and inotropes, TPA, art lines, et cetera. A mistake in their care is just as costly as in the unit.
As an aside while intensivists are not the same as ED docs, most ED docs and PEMS are required to have a substantial part of their residency/fellowship in managing patients up in the units.
I do not consider myself to be an ICU nurse by any means, however we are all critical care nurses and have the same goals. If some ICU nurses got their CEN I would congratulate them, and then probably bug them to pick up some OT ED shifts. Our ICUs nurses are the same way about CCRN.
Not to dig on the floor nurses but the ED, ICUs, BMT, and L&D nurses at our hospital have each other's backs in ways that other units will never understand. We make important decisions based on the patient's condition when we don't have time to find the medical providers, and those decisions can make a difference between life and death in seconds to minutes.