I know this has been covered, but I am asking now instead of reading. I have about 15 years experience working as a OR tech-primarily in OB/GYN; I have also worked as a ICU/CCU monitor tech, Unit secretary, done staffing for hosps, gotten my CST, and generally floated. ALso worked briefly (VERY) as a NA and home health aide. I am 43, and just graduated in May/NClex'd in 75 in May as well. I turned down a position in an Oncology unit due to commuting issues, but now i am wondering if i did the right thing. I have started in an M/C ICU, and I did pt care last week with preceptor. I am a pretty quick learner, handle stress well-my OR experience-and know enough to know that I know very, very little about real nursing. I turned down a position at this same hosp in the IMCU. Everyone in the ICU is really great, the nurses seem to really help each other out, brainstorm, etc; the unit has in-house intensivists, also. But I am worried that I don't know enough to be able to "read" when things are going wrong-in that subtle way that happens before a bad occurence. I have no problem asking questions, but if I don't KNOW there's a question to be asked-what happens then? My internship is about 6-8 weeks, but some of that time is spent at CC classes, and so forth. Then they will try to "buddy" us with our preceptor(s) when we work our own shift. I think I can do it-I don't expect for it to be easy at all, but I also wonder about going to IMCU for a year-just to get going......so, what say you?