I'm a new grad from CSULA and I'm interested in becoming a CCU nurse. I was wondering the pros and cons of being one.
Our CCU cares for sick hearts--no post-op surgical hearts in our unit. I like having pts with sick hearts because they talk back to me. They have severe CHF, poor EFs, gawd-awful rhythms, and crappy valves, but they're usually not on the vent (yet) and I can interact with them in a meaningful way. Lots of patient teaching, family teaching, "watch and wait" situations. They are fatigued and SOB all the time--need lots of TLC because they have no cardiac reserve. And when they have sick hearts, they also usually have renal insufficiency, liver dysfunction, cellulitis, etc, etc. We also get the STEMIs after their trip to the cath lab. They also needs lots of teaching and careful observation for the first 24hrs.
Last edit by JustMe on Mar 23, '11
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