What unit would prepare me best to become an ICU nurse?

by smn90 smn90 Member

Between USC CT Tele and Cedars Pulmonary/GI MedSurge (to be converted to a PCU later this year), which would best prepare me to become an ICU nurse?

Hannahbanana, BSN, MSN

Specializes in Physiology, CM, consulting, nsg edu, LNC, COB. Has 52 years experience. 1,187 Posts

Without knowing either hospital's individual quirks, I'd guess Pulm/GI/MS->PCU for range. But Tele will give you a jump start on ekg and sicker patients, so there's that.


momoneypls, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 16 years experience. 29 Posts

oooh, tele for sure



Specializes in Nurse Anesthesiology. Has 17 years experience. 261 Posts

Hold out and just start straight in an ICU.  Many hospitals are desperate for help and are hiring new grads straight to the ICU now.



24 Posts

Thank you all for your input! I greatly appreciate it!