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Endoscopy Nursing as a New grad


Hello all,

So I am a new grad and I was let go from my SICU job d/t me not being completely ready for the ICU. Luckily my hospital and manager are giving me the opportunity to transfer to a lesser acuity unit to get my foundation better developed. So with that being said, I am interviewing for an Endoscopy New grad position tomorrow and I really do not know much about the type of nursing they do in an endoscopy procedural area. Can anyone provide me with any insight? Also, my aim is to get back to inpatient nursing in the ICU within a year or two, once I have built a better foundation and have some experience, so would working in this procedural area help me learn necessary skills to aid me in transitioning back to the ICU?

Thanks a ton in advance!

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

I'll be honest and say that a procedural area isn't going to be much help in gaining a foundation for ICU nursing or providing you with skills. In endoscopy, you may work with patients before, during, and/or after their procedure depending on the department staffing model- in my facility's endoscopy unit, the nurses all rotate through the three areas. You may be responsible for circulating during cases or for cases where anesthesia isn't involved you may function as the sedation nurse. These patients also tend to recover relatively quickly- they rarely receive a full general anesthetic. In my opinion, if you want to build a foundation for ICU, you'd be better off in med/surg than any procedural area.


I'm curious. How did this all work out? Did you end up going into endoscopy nursing?

So I interviewed on the unit, it's an outpatient clinic attached to the hospital, and it wasn't bad. The new grads start in the prep and recovery area for 6 months and then get trained in procedural if they are interested. There's some things that I could see learning there that may help me down the road, I.e IV skills and possibly some

sedation, but the majority of the sedation is done by anesthesia. It wouldn't be a bad area to move to down the road when im

looking for something outside of the 12 hour, rotating shifts, but I don't think it was for me right now. Luckily I was asked to interview on a progressive care unit and a CV step down, so hopefully I will be able to land in one of

those areas.