Signed on to Scripps Mercy San Diego
After working for 18 months in the unit as a traveler, I knew it was my home and signed on in April of 2009.
SICU Travel Nurse, Scripps Mercy San Diego
I technically started at Scripps Mercy San Diego in the SICU in September of 2007 as a travel nurse from the Midwest. At the time, our unit was staffed largely by long term travel contracts.
ICU RN, Scripps Mercy San Diego
My responsibilities in the ICU include bedside patient care, resource nurse, charge nurse, critical care outreach nurse and precepting new ICU RNs. As a critical care outreach nurse, I help assess and care for patients on the floor that either recently left the ICU or have worsening acuity that could require ICU care.
What does a day in the life of an ICU RN look like?
Fast-paced and challenging. Caring for critically ill COVID-19 patients has only heightened that. The patient-to-nurse ratio in the ICU is typically two patients to one nurse due to the high acuity and frequent interventions required. Critical care nursing depends on constant critical thinking and proactive interventions to improve patient outcomes. Our 12 1/2-hour shift is spent on focused assessments, weaning and titration of IV medications, and specialty intervention, including intracranial monitoring, advanced cardiac monitoring, and mechanical ventilation.
What is your favorite part of your job?
This one is easy. My favorite part of my job is my Scripps Mercy ICU family. I work with the most amazing group of people! Teamwork is also a cornerstone of critical care nursing and the reason why we provide such excellent patient care is our incredible team at Mercy San Diego. Many of our nurses have been here for 10+, 20+, even 30+ years!! We are a family and support each other both inside and outside the hospital.
Would you recommend this role to others?
I would absolutely recommend a career in nursing to others who are compassionate, empathetic and driven to learn. Nursing offers an incredibly rewarding career with continuous learning. It’s also a great career for work/family/life balance.
Interested in Nursing?
Let’s help you get there…If you are looking to go back to school for Nursing, then you may want to check with Student Placements to see which schools Scripps already has established affiliation agreements. Student Placements handles all the clinical placements at Scripps Health outside of medical education, which is handled by the medical staff offices.
For more information on clinical placements and the list of schools and programs with established affiliation agreements with Scripps for Nursing, you can reach Student Placements directly at StudentPlacements@ScrippsHealth.org.