I worked with exceptional clinicians, from physicians to techs.
Pros: Learning opportunities, leadership partnered with you for your learning.
Cons: Sometimes long hours, but exciting
When I was working in the Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care Unit, I was in heaven. The heart is my level of expertise. We not only took care of those who had Open heart surgery, but also Assist devices as a bridge to transplant. We treated the entire patient, from "pump-head" to renal failure and CVVHD to Pulmonary Failure post pump or pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung disease and patients post lung transplant as well as those patients post orthotopic heart transplants. Every day involved new technology in taking care of our patients, with IABP and the newer pumps, to include newer pharmacological advances designed to augment the function of the heart with less and less adverse effects. We worked with the Thoratec, Heartmate I and Heartmate II, PICCO, etc.
Management was always encouraging us to excel and to push us to be better clinicians. My coworkers were the best with the sharing of their knowledge and the compassion in their hearts. Hardest part of the job, when patients you cared for died after every opportunity was provided for them to heal and thrive. The most enjoyable, when patients came in petrified before their surgery and they come through with flying colours.