2 ICU interviews at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Need inside info! Neuro or SICU?

Specialties Critical


Specializes in Cardiac/Neuro.


So yesterday I got 2 calls for 2 interviews next week down at Henry Ford Main. I currently work at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, so I don't any information about the benefits and so on. I have never been to the main campus, nor can I find any information about their nursing units anywhere. I am interviewing at both the Neuro ICU and the Surgical ICU. I have a pretty good idea of the pt population that will be in the neuro ICU, but I don't know a whole lot about surgical. Like which pt's go to the surgical ICU? I assume open hearts go to CVICU and neuro surg pts would go to Neuro ICU, so what interesting pt's do you get in surgical? My one friend told me that surgical ICU is a glorified PACU and another said that they actually get a lot of trauma cases.

If anyone out there works at these units or has worked at these units I would love to hear your input! Thank you so much!

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching.

i've never lived in detroit and don't know much about henry ford macomb hospital. i will tell you that generally, sicu gets a lot of trauma patients. the type of trauma depends upon your community. in madison, wisconsin we got a lot of farming accidents and motor vehicle crashes; in boston we got stabbing and shooting victims as well as motor vehicle crashes. in detroit, i'm sure you'd see a lot of victims of violence. you will also get abdominal surgery and probably vascular patients as well. so you might have an aortic anuerysm patient one day and a gang banger with a gunshot wound the next.

in this economy, which job you take will depend a lot upon which job you are offered. if you are fortunate enough to have your choice, think about which interests you more -- the brain? surgery? trauma? i know people who absolutely love neuro -- personally, i'd rather work in a glorified (or otherwise) pacu. whichever job you take, you should plan on staying at least two years. and if you're thinking of anesthesia school, sicu is probably a better choice.

good luck with your interviews!

Off topic, but is there a certain amount of time you have to work in the unit you're hired before you can transfer to another unit within the Henry Ford Health System?

Does anybody have any suggestions for getting into Henry Ford Hospital? I know this is the hospital that I want to be at, but I feel like I am getting turned down for every position I apply for because I am a new grad! Any help would be greatly appreciated!


I don't recommend Henry Ford Hospital Detroit or West Bloomfield for a nurse if she wants to be treated with respect, honesty, and fairness from management.

To my knowledge the surgical and neuru ICU at Henry Ford Main are filled with mostly gun shots and stabbings. Lotta colostomies, serious, horrible wound changes, wound vacs, lotta work, constantly pushing pain meds and dealing with the side effects, very difficult to keep up and lotta of the pts are psychs or very rude, constantly on the call light. Also, if you are a white, Caucasian you will be in the minority and made to feel like an outsider.

West Bloomfield HF had such a severe RN employment crisis they hired an outside Crisis Management firm to interview the nurses to find out why the turnover is so high. The CEO sent a letter to the nurses stating the conclusion of the crisis firm was the nurses felt m management was disrespectful, dishonest and treated them bad, very poor employee engagement.

Beware of a former nurse manager named Marianne Kasenow as I hear she fabricated multiple false allegations regarding one nurse in an attempt to cover up managment's mishandlings. The nurse sued and found Kasenow fabricated over 50 allegations to the State Board and the lawsuit settled. The State dropped the case once they figured our Kasenow falsfied the allegations. Can't believe she is now Director of the Cardiac ICU or the HF did not fire her.

In my opinion there is a ton of horizontal and lateral workplace violence going on and encouraged.

Minurse14 so accurate about HF WB. Please reach out to me, I wanted to ask you a question about these accusations!

Specializes in New Critical care NP, Critical care, Med-surg, LTC.
On 4/30/2021 at 12:42 PM, Melissa OKeefe said:

Minurse14 so accurate about HF WB. Please reach out to me, I wanted to ask you a question about these accusations!

Not trying to be a jerk, the post you responded to is quite old. Not sure you will get a response. 

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