I am a current nursing student. I previously worked as a tech on a general med/surg unit before starting school. In order to get into the hospital I wanted, I now work as a tech in a locked psych unit. My dream job is to be a trauma nurse or CCU/CVICU nurse. I finally got all the formalities worked out and was able to pick up some shifts in the ICU at our heart hospital. I am beyond
excited as it will help me make great connections to hopefully get into their new grad nurse residency when I graduate.
However - I have never stepped foot in an ICU with the exception of the tour my aunt gave me of her CVICU and a patient I transported to an ICU once.
My official job responsibilities are the usual (help with ADLs, vitals, I&O, etc) along with phlebotomy. Can anyone elaborate on what a tech usually does in a cardiac ICU? What do the nurses expect of us? What should I expect? What can I do to make sure everyone there really likes me? Any hints or tips from nurses would be greatly appreciated!