I am a new grad RN from Canada. I started my career in the ED and have been working in this speciality for just over a year. I accepted a position at a hospital in the ED in Maine. Prior to moving I was going to take a critical care course at a college in Canada and hopefully transition to ICU or to a level 1 trauma centre. I am very interested in continuing my education in critical care, I am wondering about what opportunities there are in the states to get certified in critical care or take courses that are accredited.
I was doing some research and came across the AACN, but I don't quite understand what they do. Do they offer courses/programs? or do you just write an exam to become certified in critical care after have a certain amount of experience?