Pros: supportive atmosphere, learning opportunities, great resources, full circle care for patients
Cons: work loads (up to 5 pts/shift), coordinating with other departments.
When stepping onto the floor the typical CICU RN can expect anything in regards to her assignment. Personally, I've cared for cardiac patients in critical condition awaiting cardiac catheterization, AICD placement, or cardioversions. That usually runs the gambit for my specific specialty, but I also care for suicide attempts, patient's actively detoxing – more... and seizing, suffering heart failure or COPD exacerbation, infections, pneumonia, etc. I found that time management and critical thinking are a nurse's greatest strength. A positive attitude under stressful conditions can also make or break your work day.
Management at the hospital is as effective as possible. The turn over rate on the CICU I've observed is very high. Management has to tackle filling all positions and covering all shifts week to week, just like the challenges many hospitals have to face these days with budget cuts, etc. I find that the team I work with is very supportive and unified when it comes to helping out one another with everyone's workload. There are also numerous resources and educational opportunities to pursue and further your RN learning. – less