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kathypbib
09-15-2007, 11:27 PM
A friend of mine told me about an ICU nurse that had to go to two years of extra schooling to work in an intensive medical ICU. Does anyone know what that would be?

jojodow
09-16-2007, 02:14 AM
A friend of mine told me about an ICU nurse that had to go to two years of extra schooling to work in an intensive medical ICU. Does anyone know what that would be?
I guess it depends on the hospitals in your area and what their hiring practices are.
I had 5 friends/classmates (That I can think of, off the top of my head) who were hired from a 2 yr ADN program right into the ICU. Once hired they did a 6 month to one year orientation/residency that focused on their unit.

I would call the recruiters at your hospitals and ask if you are interested...could be they require more there.
Good luck!

KimRN
09-16-2007, 10:34 AM
A friend of mine told me about an ICU nurse that had to go to two years of extra schooling to work in an intensive medical ICU. Does anyone know what that would be?

This is news to me - I went right into Coronary Care after 3 months in med-surg (back in the old days). Unless the ICU nurse wanted to be a Clinical Nurse Specialist which would entail getting a Masters Degree.

There is a certain amount of extra education required: reading monitors, certain IV drips but nothing that would take an actual return to school. This extra education usually occurs on the job or is part of the unit orientation.

Anyone else know of anything different?

jojodow
09-16-2007, 04:29 PM
This is news to me - I went right into Coronary Care after 3 months in med-surg (back in the old days). Unless the ICU nurse wanted to be a Clinical Nurse Specialist which would entail getting a Masters Degree.

There is a certain amount of extra education required: reading monitors, certain IV drips but nothing that would take an actual return to school. This extra education usually occurs on the job or is part of the unit orientation.

Anyone else know of anything different?

I did hear that Canada may require extra college courses. I think in the US, it depends on the State and Hospitals.
Here in TX, I don't think it's necessary.

PixelRN
09-18-2007, 12:07 PM
I went to work in a Medical ICU right after graduation. I had 16 weeks of orientation and I also did a 12 week student practicum there before I graduated.

I think ICUs that require 2 additional years of schooling to work there must be feeling the crunch of the nursing shortage.

Julie
09-18-2007, 01:50 PM
I think that what specialist areas need is competent staff and the best way to become competent is to learn on the job. Doing extra college type learning is all well and good, but you need to be able to relate the theory to the practice.

In another thread Jess talked about her confusion when being taught about nursing theory. In my opinion it is much easier to learn that theory when you are already practicing as a nurse. Maybe here the same applies. :star:

bcp
09-24-2007, 11:10 PM
I spent 15 years in ICU/CCU - all with an ADN. I did spend a year doing med-surg then a few months doing telemetry before getting into ICU. I took a course offered by the hospital for all nurses going into ICU/CCU. Later I gook a prep course when I was ready to take the CCRN. I truly believe it gave me the best foundation for going on to become a NP.

LittleBird
09-24-2007, 11:16 PM
I know that the hospital where I work want you to have 1-2 years experience and would prefer that you have (or are currently taking) a critical care course. But it likely is different everywhere...

neuronurse
09-24-2007, 11:47 PM
I just started in ICU, we have a long orientation period that includes 6 hours of stroke training (we're stroke certified), and about 10 ECCO lessons, these are online and each take about 2-3 hours, we also have a couple of inservices that go over things like EKGs and different protocols that are ICU specific they go over the basics..other then that, no extra school