Thanks for the reply!
Wow, it sure seems like a wonderful place to work in. Do you guys get floated to the other intensive care units? I don't mind getting pulled myself, the variety makes life much more interesting. :-)
I work in a small specialty cardiovascular hospital with 40 tele beds, 14 CCU/CVICU beds and 8 PACU/recovery beds. we have two cath labs and three ORs. My coworkers said that when the facility first opened, they used to do 5-7 open hearts a day. Now it's much slower, though. There's only two heart surgeons who do maybe one to two a day each. How many surgical cases per day do you usually see over there at UVA?
They also do hearts at the other hospital where I work, but I chose to work in the MICU there because I don't want to miss out on taking care of patients with medical critical illness, i.e., sepsis, respiratory failure, GI bleeding, etc.
I'm just curious, do you see a lot of staff turnover there due to CRNA school? I've read in other forums that the ICUs at major medical centers often get openings around fall because of people leaving for school.