I have been an ICU nurse for 2.5 years, level 2 trauma center with mixed ICU, we take mostly MICU-type patients, open-heart surgery, lots of cardiac cases, occasional neurosurgery. My heart always has been in cardiac care, I love open heart and Impella cases. We occasionally crash patients onto ECMO but we transfer them out as soon as a bed is available. Perfusionists run our machines.
On a whim after a rough shift, I applied for an ECMO specialist position at the nearest level 1 hospital near me (about 1 hour one-way commute).
Any specialists out there that want to share their experience? Did you miss ICU bedside nursing care? What things don’t you like about the job?