Getting into inpatient endoscopy


Hi RNs! Just wondering if there are any of you out there who are working in inpatient endoscopy and would mind sharing about your experience getting into endoscopy? I have been working in a med surg neuro/surgical unit in California for a little over 3 yrs and I'm wondering what steps I can take to work towards getting onto an endoscopy unit. I have heard ICU experience is needed for inpatient but some outpatient centers don't and just train? Any info is greatly appreciated! :)


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Has 38 years experience.

It can take luck, be easy, or be hard, to get into endoscopy. If you are "pushy" (I mean that in a nice assertive way) go to the charge nurse for the GI unit. Tell her how much you have always wanted to work GI, ask her what you need to do? Maybe come prepared to answer some GI questions or have a good reason why you are so interested in GI?

I worked med/surg several years but always volunteered to float to other units. Supervisors really appreciate a nurse who is willing to float without complaining. I learned a lot of skills, got my name noticed by charge nurses/supervisors. So when I asked about working the out patient surgery/GI unit I was eagerly welcomed. That is I how I got into endoscopy.


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Thank you for sharing your experience!


479 Posts

Specializes in Cardiac, ER, Pediatrics, Corrections.

I did a clinical rotation in endoscopy. I thoroughly enjoyed it! I feel like you get great experience. I started so many IV's, then another day I'd be like the PACU and monitor them post-procedure. Sometimes I was in the procedure room. I think you will like it!