Once in awhile I'll see a balloon pump on my floor. It's something that was never even mentioned in nursing school
, so that could be something
It's an intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) to be exact.
We also pull lots of sheaths on the floor with post PCI patients. With this, it's important to know what to do if your pt vagals or develops a hematoma...and to know to check those pedal pulses!
Knowing hemodynamic parameters is a good thing too.
You seem eager to learn... Great trait to have as a RN! You'll do great, and good luck to ya anyways.