I am currently working as an agency hired Critical Care RN. The job assignment varies as i can be placed into a Cardiac ICU to Neurological/Trauma ICU. Generally my patient assignment is one to two patients per shift which allows me to interact with them more and respond to the needs quicker than if i had a larger assignment.
I enjoy the fast paced setting of the ICU and feel like a "part of the team" I especially enjoy the patient rounds where being in a teaching hospital you are allowed to ask questions. regarding a certain disease process or new medication learning on the job as to say! Even after 20 years! My co-workers are very helpful during my shifts whenever i need help turning a patient or explaining a new policy that has come out.