While I agree with some of what rn29306 said about Grady I do not totally agree with everything. I am an SRNA and worked at Grady for over 2 years. Six months in the ER as a nurse extern and then 4 months in the SICU as a nurse extern prior to working there as a RN. I agree that the work in the ER can cause burnout and the turnover is high there. The units are a different matter. As far as number of admissions in the ER is concerned, I do not feel the number of admissions is as important as the acuity of the patients you are going to see. Without a doubt, whether in the MICU, SICU or burn units, the sickest of the sickest are in the units at Grady. If you are an adrenaline junkie, you will find no other place like Grady in Atlanta. However, Grady has its fair share of problems. When I worked in SICU I never experienced the kind of problems that the floor nurses or ER nurses experienced. I liked the SICU because we got the trauma, open hearts, as well as some overflow from MICU. We also got a ton of experience in Neuro. We were well paid and most of the time we were fully staffed. Plenty of opportunity for overtime if you wanted it. However, there are other units in Atlanta that give good experience as well. I would check out Emory's transplant unit as well as the heart unit. I also would check into Atlanta Medical Center. They get a lot of the overflow from Grady for some trauma patients. You need to go where you are going to get a lot of experience with ventilated patients, on multiple drips with as much exposure to invasive monitoring as possible. Between, Emory, Grady, and AMC I feel that you will get all you need. Another advantage to these three hospitals is that they are teaching hospitals, so there is a learning environment. I know of numerous individuals, from all three of these hospitals, who were admitted to anesthesia school. I personally loved working at Grady and am seriously considering returning there when I finish school. Despite its problems I enjoyed it. It seems to get in your blood. However, Grady is not for everyone. In my experience you either love Grady, or hate it. There doesn't seem to be any in between. Good luck whichever way you decide to go.