ICU is a challenging work environment with many opportunities to learn.
ICU Nurse, Nurse Educator, ER Clinical Educator (Former Employee) – Prince Frederick, MD – January 4, 2016
I loved working at CMH. The management in the ICU is encouraging and supportive. I worked 12 hour night shifts. For the most part, I learned something new every day. My co-workers were exceptional, hard-working and knowledgeable nurses. One drawback in this department was due to the low number of beds in the ICU. The acuity often warranted more staff, but due to nurse-patient ratio expectations, staffing was based on numbers, not acuity. The management would often try to increase the staffing, but when the census dropped, nurses were sent home or pulled to other departments. Nurses often resorted to using their vacation leave to receive a full pay-check, became frustrated or disgruntled, and would transfer to another department or leave the hospital altogether. When additional staff was needed due to high acuity, this was often difficult to provide due to the lack of experienced ICU nurses on staff. The nurses would also miss breaks or meals due to the lack of support staff. The most enjoyable part of my job were the patient's and families. I personally enjoyed teaching and providing care for patients who were often extremely appreciative for the care provided. The ancillary staff and physicians are most often friendly and approachable. The nurses are encouraged to continue their education with tuition reimbursement provided and obtain certification in their chosen specialty.
Friendly atmosphere, bonus given for certifications, tuition reimbursement, opportunities for advancement, potential for transferring to different departments of interest
Short or missed breaks, heavy work-load when adequate nursing staff unavailable