I will be a future new grad nurse in December, and have recently applied to several critical care nursing residency opportunities. During one of my interviews, I was told the critical care position was being altered into a step down icu opportunity. The ICU was changing its bed numbers to include some step down icu beds. The manager stated vents would still be on the step down ICU, but that I would likely be there 6 months to a year.
I recently was notified that I got the job, but am wondering if I will be satisfied with this. My questions to you all are:
1) What is the difference between a step down icu versus an ICU?
2) Is a step down the same as a progressive care unit?
3) How would this affect my goal of being CCRN certified in the future?
Thanks for taking the time to read this.