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

  1. by   ptadvocate81
    I 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.
  2. by   deeDawntee
    I 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!!!

  3. by   Hoozdo
    The adrenaline rush