Medsurg to CVICU


  • Specializes in Med surg. Has 8 years experience.

Advice for a medsurg nurse (almost 6 years) transferring to CVICU? I’ve always wanted to work ICU, my son has had a few OHS, so CVI has always had a bit of my heart. I know it’s a HUGE jump and a different I’m looking for any advice! I haven’t started yet, but I feel like a new grad all over again. I’m excited, but nervous. ?????

"nursy", RN

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Specializes in ICU, ER, Home Health, Corrections, School Nurse. Has 40 years experience.

I'm sure you will be precepted so that should be helpful.  Specialty unit nurses can be quite, how shall I put this nicely,  elitist about their skills and knowledge.  I've worked in places where non unit nurses were looked down on.  I'm sure it's not true everywhere, but I have experienced it. So be prepared.  Be prepared that even with 6 years of skills, you may feel like you're starting from scratch.  Your assessment and organization skills should stand you in good stead, but be prepared for a whole new level of accountability.