I recently accepted a new grad position in a cvicu. I would like advice from you all as to how to prepare...maybe books to read, websites to look at, or anything else that would be helpful.
May 4, '11
Review normal lab values and memorize them. Same with normal blood pressure, CVP, wedge, cardiac outputs. Just recognizing when something is NOT normal is a big step. Then you'll learn what to do about it. Same goes for chest xrays - enlarged heart? pneumothorax? hemothorax? (BAD!) Lung sounds - wheezes? rales? how far up? Where to palpate pulses? edema? what's crepitus? pulsus pradoxus? tamponade? What does Heparin do? Insulin? Dopamine? Dobutamine? Lidocaine? Lasix? Oh, then there's the boring stuff - washing hands, keeping your stethoscope clean between patients. All little stuff, but it adds up. GOOD LUCK!
I'm looking for a new job and am contemplating going back to CVICU. Not sure that I want to.
Last edit by Biffbradford on May 4, '11