Why Critical Care? - page 2
Hi, Hope everyone is doing well. I just wanted to do a poll to find out why nurses choose critical care. What are the specific ups/downs? In what do you find it rewarding vs. other areas of nursing?... Read More
Jul 20, '07I teched in SICU during nursing school and found that it was for me from day one. I had my doubts about the fast pace and all the things to learn, but I knew that if I didn't dive right in while the information was fresh in my mind, I'd never come back from the floor to ICU. I have been in SICU for 7 months now and there's not a day that goes by that I wonder what I have gotten myself into, but I continue to learn and keep coming back for more.
Jul 26, '07I loved ICU when I had my clinicals in nursing school. I was in awe of those nurses and their vast knowledge. It took me a long time to get to the ICU in my nursing career, I think I have done it all (almost), I started in Long Term Care, then a vent house, a TCU, home care, finally to the hospital where I did ortho, then tele and finally ICU. It was my goal all along, in the back of my mind. I really like the path I took to get there. I have this broad experience and an appreciation for nurses in all areas. There are weak nurses and strong nurses everywhere, including ICU. Each area has its own challenges. Do I think it is "better" to be an ICU nurse? Yes and No. I love that I am finally here but already am thinking of what is next. I certainly don't think I am "better" than the awesome nurses I have met along the way. I just had a different goal and a need to change and grow. That is what is so great about nursing, so many areas to try.
A great nurse is a great nurse is a great nurse no matter where they are. They question is are you going to be a great nurse? That is another thing to ask!!!