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Yet another "job interview" - The Rancho Commons
Note to self: no whining, no slacking
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Yet another "job interview"
I've decided to move into the ICUs at the "other hospital" since the patients in the Intermediate Care Unit are nearly all conscious, needy, confused, and have call bells. This is not my kind of nursing. So, even though, by all counts, their ICUs are much lower acuity than the ones at my hospital, I have to talk to the ICU Head Nurse today. I guess she has been burnt before by hiring people who claimed to know ICU when they didn't really. That's dangerous, as I've seen with my own eyes. I shouldn't have any problem.

Still, Trauma is a fairly specialized ICU setting. A lot of the "medical management" of patients prevalent in other ICUs isn't present in the TICU. That is, our patients are usually on fewer medications for prior medical conditions and such, so I'm less familiar with other "non-lifesaving" meds, than say, a Medical ICU nurse. Also, we use specialized equipment, and don't use equipment common to other ICUs. I've never had a patient with one of these so I would require education, for example.

My skills are strong, but somewhat "unrefined" outside the Trauma environment. To some extent, the ICU environment is universal, only the specifics change. So, hopefully, she won't ask me about "specifics" which are outside my experience. That said, I have 5 years of ICU/Trauma/Burn experience, so I am seriously more quailified than a "new" nurse right out of school. If she misses that, then she would indeed be a scary person to work for anyway!

So, wish me luck, or send me vibes, or pray for me, or light candles, or chant... whatever it is you do, about 2pm Eastern time. kthnx. Because, truth is, even though this is an "extra" job, working in intermediate rather than intensive care causes me more job stress than my real job. That's just wrong.
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Comments
thunderslug From: thunderslug Date: July 15th, 2004 06:00 am (UTC) (Link)
G'luck, man...ICU/Trauma is amazing stuff...
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: July 17th, 2004 06:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh. My "15 to 30 minute" interview went WELL over an hour. She was eating out of my hand, bro. So, yeah, I'm in. Start orientation next week.
thunderslug From: thunderslug Date: July 17th, 2004 04:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
You da man, man...how much will your duties/schedule/universe change?
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: July 18th, 2004 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll try to keep this short, yet informative. The "other hospital" is my part-time job for "extra" income. It isn't my "real job." My real job is not changing at all, which is working here. My other job is the one in which I'm moving out of the intermediate care units (like, ICU "stepdown") and into the ICU units. Their ICUs are lower in acuity than my real job, so it should be eeeeasy money. One hopes. And, I really dislike dealing with intermediate-type patients, so I prefer an ICU environment.
alphapythia From: alphapythia Date: July 15th, 2004 07:22 am (UTC) (Link)
"or light candles, or chant... whatever it is you do"

could be hard, as ill be in the car with my boss, but I appretiate the liberal openess to help. I'll send a prayer to whatever God looks out for you and your family though. :)
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: July 17th, 2004 06:01 am (UTC) (Link)
I would have preferred that you chant while in the car with your boss, but I take what I can get. It went well, but I'm sure it would have been even better with the chanting!
alphapythia From: alphapythia Date: July 15th, 2004 07:28 am (UTC) (Link)
"since the patients in the Intermediate Care Unit are nearly all conscious, needy, confused, and have call bells"

come to think of it, that's the kind of paitent I am. I never have the luck to just be "out." If I get hurt, even badly, my body just adores to stay awake for every confusing moment of it... and I bet I'm really annoying. Hrm... they should just send an anethstatis around for us unlucky non-pass outers. I'm sure we'd all take the oportunity to just sack out for the first couple of days of whatever. :)
From: recycling Date: July 15th, 2004 09:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Bruce, I'll do that "one thing" I do at "the altar" in the garage so that you'll be "blessed" around 2pm Eastern. You know what I'm talking about.

No, seriously..I think this is a very smart idea for you. At least check out the particulars, you know?
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: July 17th, 2004 06:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Was it as good for you as it was for me? Ha! Interview went well. But, neither I nor my wife really want any particulars from you about how you may have "contributed" to my cause. ;-)
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