I feel a little apprehensive about my new position in Trauma ICU. I've never worked in ICU before, yet read the journals regularly and am a member of AACCN...I've worked primarily in Med-Surg-Tele for 7 years.....I am grateful for this opportunity, taking the CCI course and start my first shift shadowing tonight. I will be a sponge for the next three night shifts and I know my preceptor is willing and energetic! Any advice for me? There will be three months of preceptorship.
How long was it before you felt competent and somewhat secure? I am so used to feeling uber-able at my med-surg-tele position. I know I may feel a little like a deer in the headlights of the monitors at first.