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jlvigoreaux has 5 years experience as a RN and specializes in ICU / Military.

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Hello,

firts time posting here. The main reason is for general advice.

a little about me:

I'm a male nurse 28yo, 3 years in nursing and all of them in the ER. Currently facing tow big opportunities for new carrera paths. I love the ER but want to experience something new.

Current job:

ER adding to pediatric ER but float to adult ER when needed.

Option 1: ICU at another hospital with about the same pay. I have never worked in the ICU except for a few perdiem shift, but I'm interested in working ICU and currently taking a course as an introduction and in the hopes of obtaining my CCRN.

Option 2: home Triage over the phone, same pay but 8-5 Monday to Friday. So I would have the opportunity to study a higher degree, MSN.

possibly in Critical Care or Nurse Practitioner Family or ONLINE PEDIATRIC / ACUTE CARE NP.

Another option would be to save up some money and pursue a CRNA. Wish I could do with either option since I would have to quit my job, once accepted into a program.

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Rocknurse is a MSN, APRN, NP and specializes in Critical Care and ED.

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You won't be able to do the acute NP program nor the CRNA program without critical care experience so if that's the path you want to choose, then ICU is a no-brainer.

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You won't be able to do the acute NP program nor the CRNA program without critical care experience so if that's the path you want to choose, then ICU is a no-brainer.

ER experience doesn't qualify as critical care? I thought it did.

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jlvigoreaux has 5 years experience as a RN and specializes in ICU / Military.

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It depend on the program, but most programs count ER as acute care experience.

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Rocknurse is a MSN, APRN, NP and specializes in Critical Care and ED.

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No, most programs do not. Most CRNA schools require actual critical care experience with use of invasive drips and lines. My acute NP program required 2 years of critical care and as far as I know most other acute programs require at least some critical care experience. Trying to become an acute NP in a critical care area with zero experience is utter madness. You wouldn't make it through clinicals.

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