Jump to content

OR to ICU? Can It Be Done Safely?

Critical   (274 Views | 1 Replies)

SweetSouthernLove has 3 years experience as a ASN, BSN and specializes in Operating Room.

3,481 Profile Views; 127 Posts

Hi All,

I graduated in December of 2015 from nursing school. Since then I have worked strictly as an operating room/scrub nurse for my entire nursing career. I do still love being an OR nurse but I am wondering if I could even enter a new specialty at this point? I have a special interest in the Cath Lab but I know I would need to be proficient with critical care patients first and I am open to the challenge of learning. Is there tips/courses/orientations etc that would be helpful? I also feel that I would need to relearn my bedside skills so I would be proficient but I wasn't sure if orientations would include this? My main concern is being a safe nurse. I want to be as safe for my patients as possible and take my time learning what is best for them and transition to Cath Lab when I feel ready eventually. I haven't been to a nursing orientation in another specialty so I feel like a fish out of water. Any helpful information would be great!  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The0Walrus has 1 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Psych.

1 Follower; 105 Posts; 1,964 Profile Views

I don't know if this helps. I'm in psych and already spoke to the nurse manager in the ICU who said she'll take me for nights. I also am in a nursing home which I tend to work on my assessment skills there.

What I have been doing is shadowing the nurses in the ICU. I also figured with another 2 nurses I got acquainted with in the ICU that nights will probably be better for me for the slower pace.

As for courses/tips etc. I bought the CCRN study guide and go over that one hr a day. I also joined the AACN and will be attending a few of those conventions.aybe that would help you as well? I figured to immerse myself in the critical care field so I can just get use to the environment.

Edit: I forgot to mention. I also try to read about some of the techniques and when I shadow a nurse I'll always ask if I can help in anyway. I don't work in the unit yet but I try to help everyone because I figure if someone has a patient with an issue I haven't had any experience with I will ask questions about their patients. Just figured I'd tell you some of the things I've been doing.

Edited by The0Walrus

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
×

This site uses cookies. By using this site, you consent to the placement of these cookies. Read our Privacy, Cookies, and Terms of Service Policies to learn more.