- 1Jan 20, '11 by Catherine,RNHi,
I recently graduated from nursing school and was hired directly the the CVICU of a large city hospital. Any tips for getting started? I interned here, so I know what to expect and feel comfortable working with the staff. Any ICU/Cardiac tips would be greatly appreciated. I started a notebook the other day with notes about EKGs/cardiac meds/hemodynamics/ABGs/etc. that I can pull out in case I need a reference.
I will also be taking boards shortly after I start, so any tips about studying for the NCLEX or what to expect would be appreciated as well.
Thanks so much!!!
- 0Jan 26, '11 by General E. Speaking, RNYou might try searching/posting in the critical care specialty section (CCU/MICU). You may get a better response or even find what you are looking for there.
Forgot to mention my favorite resource: www.icufaqs.org. Tons of info. i bought the actual book but you can search online for free.
- 1Feb 8, '11 by BiffbradfordYou're on the right track with keeping a small notebook or some 3x5 cards in your pocket. You'll always be coming across something that will have you think to yourself "Gee, I gotta remember that!". If nothing else, you'll pick up weird phone numbers that will come in handy later on. "Oh, why don't you just call the on-call radiologist and have them read that xray right away? Here's their phone number ..... " or "Yes, there is a hotel right up the road that families often stay at - here's their number .... " That, or normal PA pressures, CVPs, ACLS cards, etc.