we do - heparin, protonix, cardizem, dig, hydralazine, labateolol, andensione, octreotide........crazy enough we do not do amiodaronene drips. we can start amiodarone but the pt is then moved to icu.
as far as dobutamine and dopamine - we only do those if it part of the the icu overflow b/c we then have extra monitors transferred to our unit. our unit is literally steps away from icu. then we may only have 3-4 pt's.
pt's on monitor in m/s can not be on any drips, they are transferred to our unit. we have a monitor tech 24 hrs a day whereas in icu they do not have techs so the nurses have to be quite diligent in monitoring pt's themselves.
if a m/s nurse floats to our floor they cannot take pt's on drips, bipap, stroke, a-fib, or on seizure precautions. we do not take s/p cabg its, or any pt directly after any heart procedure. after chest tubes are removed they are transferred to our unit.
[color=#ee82ee]as i am typing this i realize why we are not critical care i'm just a nut job!!!!
it funny that i ended up in cardiac b/c i hated the heart all during school and would tell my husband how i would never be a cardiac nurse....funny how things work out. i have become quite engrossed by it.
thank you for the warm welcome into the "heart" of nursing!!!!!!!!