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Neuro ICU vs CCU???

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by monkeymagic888 monkeymagic888 (New Member) New Member

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Hi all, I'm really split on this... I live in Seattle and have been offered a position at the Neuro ICU at Harborview Medical Center (the only one level 1 trauma center in the WWAMI region) AND I've also been offered a CCU position at UW Medical Center. UWMC is not a trauma hospital but I could imagine CCU would give me more applicable experience than a neuro floor would when it comes to CRNA school apps. What do you all think I should take?

THANKS:)

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A purely medical CCU is pretty bland.  It is not considered very strong experience.  Harborview Neuro ICU will serve you just fine.  Losts of good experience.  This choice should be a no brainer.

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2 minutes ago, BigPappaCRNA said:

A purely medical CCU is pretty bland.  It is not considered very strong experience.  Harborview Neuro ICU will serve you just fine.  Losts of good experience.  This choice should be a no brainer.

Thanks for the response!! I guess I should have been more specific. The CCU at UWMC is a cardiac intensive care unit which was why I thought it would give me an edge because most CRNA programs would prefer that? I feel as if that unit trumps neuro whereas harborview trumps UW medical center. So which is more important the unit or the hospital? Please explain to me if I’m wrong I’m quite new to all this!!

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fourthtimesacharm has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in SRNA, CCRN-CMC.

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Either one is going to be just fine. 🙂 although I personally would pick the CCU. I think in this case- the edge you would get with the cardiac experience will outweigh the fact that HMC is a level 1. You could always get a couple of years in at UWMC and then transfer to HMC for a year to get that level 1 experience if you so desired. You really can't go wrong here. 3 years of icu experience is prime time to apply for crna schools anyway. good luck! 

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CCU? or CVICU?  CCU, no.  CVICU, sure.

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