What to know before starting CTICU preceptorship? - page 2

I just found out that my preceptorship is in the cardiothoracic ICU and I'm excited but extremely nervous. What should I brush up on to not only be at my best but also impress my preceptor and show her that I want to learn. I... Read More

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    This was my response from a similar previous post:

    I can't speak for experienced CVSICU nurses as I'm new to this specialty myself, but I can give some insight from the "newbie" perspective.

    Questions. Ask them. A lot. The amount of knowledge these nurses possess is staggering. Be a sponge! You are in a unique position to learn without all the stress of extreme expectation.

    If you don't know the answer, say you don't know. Trust me, your preceptor knows the answer and can smell BS from a mile away.

    Study, Study, Study. When you think you're done studying... study some more. i make it a point to make a list throughout the day of things that are mentioned that I want to know more about. Then I look it up as soon as I get home.

    If you have down time (which is rare, but may happen from time to time), and your preceptor doesn't mind (which they shouldn't), seek out interesting cases, new admits, transfers... anything that you haven't been exposed to or want to know more about.

    You'll know almost right away if this is the specialty for you (or so I've heard; I couldn't imagine not absolutely loving it!). I could go on and on about how amazing this unit is, but in all honesty its not for everyone. Its fast paced, crazy intense, and you're expected to be on top of your game no matter what rolls out of the OR. You MUST have thick skin. You WILL feel dumb at times. You WILL screw up. Learn from it and move on. The gym, my family, and chocolate cake get me past the tough days. 😍😊

    All that said, I wouldn't trade it for the world!

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    Great advice! I've been in ICU/CCU for 12 yrs.
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    Thank you everyone for the advice! I just finished and it was awesome!!! I tried to keep and open mind and just ask questions about any and everything. I learned a million new skills, especially time management and documenting. I had a lot of dumb feeling moments but my preceptor was awesome in explaining that this unit makes even experienced nurses feel dumb. It was crazy fast paced and you never knew what was going to happen. Probably one the biggest things I learned was to just stay calm and THINK! I finish my coursework in 4 days and I'm planning on applying for a job because as crazy as it was, I don't think I want to go anywhere else!

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