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Regret after starting ICU?

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by basic_b_pancakes basic_b_pancakes (New Member) New Member Nurse

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Hi, there! Did any of you immediately regret getting into the ICU after you started working there? If so, did you stay or get out as fast as possible? I've only been on this unit for a couple months but I honestly don't know if I can handle it. The emotional and physical stress, the families, all the moving parts with meds/labs/time management/patient prioritization...it's just so much that I pretty much come home crying after every shift. And that's not good. I'm also not the type of person that thrives off of being in an intense, high-stress environment. It makes me feel panicky and claustrophobic. Thank you for any advice! 🙂

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JBMmom is a MSN and specializes in Long term care; med-surg; critical care.

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I have stayed in my critical care position about a year and a half now, but there have been five nurses hired after me that are already gone. Two of them cited experiences much like yours. They found dealing with the patient population/acuity/family situations very stressful and it was impacting their own health and well being outside of work. They both left within a six months and they are much happier in their new roles.

On the other hand, the learning curve in critical care is huge, and once you feel more confident, maybe the stress will lessen for you. Only you know what will truly be right for you. Do you feel like you like it but you're just unsure of yourself? It sounds like maybe you don't find the work environment to be one that suits your personality or career goals. Good luck deciding what will work best for you. I do wonder, though, if you know that you don't thrive in high stress environments, what made you choose this position?

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