Hello, I am in my last semester of nursing school (associates program), and I have been assigned to post 2 questions on nursing forums. My question for this forum is what is the best way to gain nursing experience and knowledge so I may be able to work in Critical care?
Any advice you have about what departments to work in, what certifications to acquire, and what continuing education paths to take are all greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and feedback. Blessings.
When I was in nursing school, I worked as a patient care technician for 2 years before I graduated. Gaining experience that way is always a plus. If 6our school offers any electives for critical care or EKG interpretation, I would suggest taking those classes. Working a telemetry floor or progressive/step down unit will give you a lot of experience needed to be an ICU nurse. To work ICU, you need to be ACLS certified. I would suggest getting experience first, though. You can join the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and start getting information on things pertinent to ICU. You also get a student discount! Overall, gain experience with time management, good assessment skills and critical thinking. All of these things will come with time. Good luck!
ICU Nurse Amy, thank you for the very helpful information and tips. I will definitely look into the associations, what I need to do to gain the certifications you mentioned, and I will work on the skills you mentioned. One quick question for you, do you have a specific system you use for time management? Thank you again for the advice. Blessings.
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