Quote from ruby vee
so you're going to take an icu job that has up to a one year internship so that you can get your 1-2 years of icu experience and then move on to crna school. nice! i hope the nurse managers see you coming!
the thing about spending a year or two in med/surg learning the basics of nursing before moving into icu is that nurses who do this tend to have more longevity in nursing as well as in critical care. they don't burn out as fast, and they seem to be happier in their careers. but i'm sure this doesn't apply to you since you have no intention of staying at the bedside. in my icu, we're constantly churning out new grads with their 1-2 years of icu experience so they can go to anesthesia school, and our turnover is horrendous. i suspect that like most icus in large, teaching hospitals the way around this is to change hiring practices and go back to requiring a year or two of experience before moving into icu. and to spend some effort on retention as well as recruitment.
nope, it certainly does not apply to me. there are absolutely wonderful bedside nurses who make a huge difference in peoples lives. i intend to be one of those nurses, but with other long-term goals in mind, i cannot say i honestly see myselft doing it for more than a couple of years. during those years, i will give my my heart and soul into doing it with integrity and pride. and i commend those who do it long-term, as it certainly is noble, and those doing any bedside nursing deserve a lot of praise. but, having other long-term goals does not make me a bad person, and i will do everything i have to do to achieve my goals. i am a hard worker and a caring person, and i am sure that i will make an excellent icu nurse. but, as with many parts of many industries, there will always be a certain turnover rate for whatever reason. that is just part of life, and we have to make due with it. now, if there were incentives for me to stay longer, than by all means, the industry can change to keep nurses in a certain position longer. if people feel that turnover rates are too high, then incentives must be put in place for nurses to stay where they are for a longer period of time. for instance, the us armed forces couldn't keep pilots long enough, as they wanted to finish their duty time, and then move to an airline job. so, the armed forces gave a huge incentive for pilots to stay longer. guess what? many pilots took that huge incentive, and stayed on for several more years. the nursing industry should take note of these types of retention bonuses if they want to hang onto the nurses for a longer period of time. that said, there will always be people who have other goals, and will still leave. this is just a part of life.