I am new to CVICU and have been taking step down patients, trying to get my feet wet. It is coming up on 6 months, and I am supposed to start taking fresh hearts soon. I have tried studying meds, machines, intrepretations, etc. I feel overwhelmed. I would like to know how you guys got your training. Were you just thrown in and told "ask me if you have questions" or was there a formal training opportunity.
No such thing with on the job training with this population. My facility had a program specifically for fresh hearts. Its not only about meds it's about the equipment & the situations you can be in with these very ill pt. Agree learning the routine & the procedures to handle any thing that can happen. It was a very strong, educated structured 6 program for me. When i was on my own. I was ready. I was in a heavy CVICU they do these surgeries like an assembly line.
Last edit by Bronx1560 on Jun 16, '13