Becoming an ICU nurse

  1. I have worked med-surg for the past 4 years, and have loved it. I am currently a med-surg charge nurse and getting to the point where i need a change. I feel like the unit i have been on, while home, and I are going in different directions. The push is entirely on patient satisfaction, and while i acknowledge its importance i feel there is more emphasis on this than providing safe and quality care which is where my heart lies. So i've decided i want to try to go back to floor nursing in the ICU. I went to school to help sick people, not play concierge. I am getting my ACLS but want to know what else I can do to be a good candidate without having prior ICU experience. i do not have any Tele experience but within the next couple of years we will become a monitored unit. Should I wait it out until I have tele experience or apply now? TIA for any advice.
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  3. by   itsnowornever
    I think you should go for it now!!!!!!!
  4. by   nurseprnRN
    Tell them you'll float there whenever it's possible; meet c the nurse manager and offer to be part of her float pool with the understanding that they'll give you the least-sick patients waiting for transfer to stepdownYou'll still learn something, have great opportunities for observation, and get yourself known.
  5. by   DoeRN
    Go ahead and sign up for your EKG class too if possible.

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