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Nurse extern into an ICU

5 **** is a Surgical ICU in a Level 1 Trauma Center. 20 bed unit. Patient population includes: trauma, neurosurgery, GI surgery, vascular and thoracic surgery patients. This unit has invasive monitoring, ventilators, dialysis and ICP monitoring.

These are the types of pt they get.

Hey guys. I am about half way through my BSN program and I applied about a week ago and got the interview call yesterday. My interview is this upcoming Wednesday, is it true that CIVCU is preferred by most CRNA schools? Also, if they offer this position to me, should I take it instead of applying to CVICU? as a new grad getting into CVICU is very rare.

Thanks

m1lkofamnesia

Specializes in ICU.

This sounds like a good ICU position to me! If they offer, accept, get into the ICU as soon as you can. I worked Neuro ICU (had lots of overflow MICU as well) and was accepted into CRNA school along with one of my coworkers, so I can't say what the schools do/don't prefer. I think you'd be fine with this position as long as you are getting lots of invasive monitoring, critically ill patients, etc.

loveanesthesia

Specializes in CRNA.

Sounds like a good unit.

I hope they offer me the job! I could use some more challenge than where I am currently!

They called me today! will be starting very soon on that uni! thank you.

I work in a similar unit. People from my unit leave for CRNA school every year. Yes, you do hear that CVICU is the best unit for getting in, but I worked in STICU while in school and chose to stay there over starting as a new grad in our TCV ICU.

Was it the right choice for getting in to CRNA school? I'll find out in a few months, but I feel like I got to see such a wide variety of patients that it was the best experience for me as a nurse in general.

I work in a similar unit. People from my unit leave for CRNA school every year. Yes, you do hear that CVICU is the best unit for getting in, but I worked in STICU while in school and chose to stay there over starting as a new grad in our TCV ICU.

Was it the right choice for getting in to CRNA school? I'll find out in a few months, but I feel like I got to see such a wide variety of patients that it was the best experience for me as a nurse in general.

That is also what I've been hearing, please keep me updated!

I've been hearing that CVICU is a great unit but can be filled with novice nurses. I am glad that I get to be on a unit with full of experienced nurses that will train me to possibly hire me to that unit once I graduate!

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