For those reading this for the first time, I am required to write a paper for a class called "Technical Report Writing" about my future career. Quite a lot of us in the class are nursing students so the instructor specifically told us to pick one specialty and write about it. I've picked ICU. We're required to "interview" at least two people in the career we're writing about. The prof has said that this method is an acceptable means of interviewing.
I have an updated list of questions I'd like y'all to respond to. I really apprecite all the help on my paper.
What do you know now (regarding ICU work) that you wish you'd known before you started?
What are the best aspects of working in the ICU?
Conversely, what are the worst aspects of working in the ICU?
What certifications are required? Which are preferred but not required?
What personaltity types are generally drawn to the specialty?
What is the average experience of an ICU nurse before entering the specialty?
What skills set an ICU nurse apart from other specialties?
What skills do the following subspecialties use that few others do? - (i.e. Neuro monitors intracranial pressure but few others do, etc.)
Coronary ICU (CCU)?
Approximately what percentage of RNs in the typical hospital are working in the various ICUs? (Rough guesses are fine but I'd love a link to firm numbers if anyone has 'em.)
Is the ratio of men:women RNs different in ICU/CCU than other specialties?
What signifigant changes have been brought to ICU nursing in the area of new technology in recent years? Where do you see the trend going?
What changes (if any) have you seen in ICU care that are related to the increase in HMO/PPO plans?
What are the primary effects of the nursing shortage in the ICU? Has it affected the nurse
atient ratio in ICU?
Do you feel the % of patients that spend time in the ICU is increasing, decreasing or staying the same? If changing, why do you think this is?