quote: i'm a new grad that was lucky enough to get hired at an l.a. hospital. i will be starting a versant program in march for an icu unit.
congratulations! can you explain what a versant program is? my answers below are just for an icu in general.
i'm scared to death and was wondering if anyone that has been through this type of program before can help me out with some questions i have.
1. how intensive is the training?
if it's like any other icu training, it's all new to you and there is a ton to learn, so it can be hard. however, they always want you to do well, they aren't out to get you, it's just that the consequences of mistakes can be severe depending on what you screw up. :d
2. what's a typical day like?
busy. i call it organized chaos. i've interviewed at some units who said "we're really busy today". ha! that ain't nothing.
3. did you feel prepared to work solo at the end of it?
you will always have questions, so don't feel that you need to work 100% solo. even after 15 years, you will learn something new every day. don't be afraid to drag someone over to one of your patients and ask: "let me run this by you and tell me what you think." or "do you have a second to help me with this dressing change?"
4. do you have sufficient time off to attend college courses (online for me) during your down time?
that all depends on the person. personally, when i finished a shift i was finished. physically and mentally. zzzzzzz ...
5. is there homework and exams and stuff like that?
homework? that's up to you. exams? there is always continuing education in the icu.
6. what do i have to look forward to as a new nurse on the icu floor?
you will hear, see, and do things that 99% of the general population does not. it's not just an education in medicine, but an education in life and death.
7. how lucky am i to land an icu job straight out of school?thank you in advance for anyone who takes the time.
congratulations. stick it out through the hard times and let us know how it's going.