Calling all new grads/new to the ICU starting Feb. 2013!!!! - page 11

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Hello everyone! I'm starting this topic for any new grads or new to the ICU. I think it will be good to come here to compare notes, encourage, vent and support each other. I am extremely nervous and excited at the same time.... Read More


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    Quote from Stormy8
    Great thread. I recently just started in the CVSICU. So far so good. I'm really enjoying it but I'm having a hard time dealing with my stress and anxiety outside of work.

    I have trouble sleeping at night thinking about work. Thinking about bad scenarios and how I would handle them.

    Any advice on how to deal with the stress?
    I had the same exact thing in my first week or two! All I can say is it passed for me shortly. welcome!
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    Quote from Stormy8
    Great thread. I recently just started in the CVSICU. So far so good. I'm really enjoying it but I'm having a hard time dealing with my stress and anxiety outside of work.

    I have trouble sleeping at night thinking about work. Thinking about bad scenarios and how I would handle them.

    Any advice on how to deal with the stress?
    Don't forget to leave work at work...I meditate and do yoga, as well as read. I exercise on my days off as well. Get plenty of rest too!
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    Thanks for the advice. I appreciate it. I know it'll keep getting better. Just have to give myself time and stay positive
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    Hey Everyone!

    I've been an RN for about a year. I've been a M/S float for a year and now that I'm only a month and a few weeks away from my BSN graduation I'm going to be moving to a ICU Float position. I'll be doing MICU, SICU, CVICU, Step-down/intermediate and eventually BMT and Solid Organ Transplant. I've always wanted to be in Peds and I would still love to in the future, but I know that this will be a great experience and a wonderful learning opportunity. I'm so excited and I can't believe that I start in less than two months!
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    I was recently offered a position for step down icu unit but known as SCU (special care unit) for this hospital located in upstate NY. I am a new grad RN BSN May 2012. It is hard finding a job in NyC as a new grad
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    Welcome Jean and Sherlucky!!!
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    Hello
    So far my experience is going well. Working on time management and the "little things," that really aren't so little, like remembering to check labs. The ICU I work in is not state of the art or particularly organized so I spend a lot of time making 3 steps in situations that should take 1. As an agency nurse who has been all around my area stated " they work harder not smarter here." That has been a challenge to work through. Anyone else working in a semi disorganized ICU?
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    I wouldn't say our place is "disorganized" so much, as not streamlined. There are too many checklists and failsafes we have to put in place. Such as all ports must be capped, lines and pumps labelled for 1. Identity and 2. Expiration, chart here and there. It's getting better, and I understand the point in all of it, but it's a lot of little things to forget.

    I have three more weeks and then I'm getting kicked out the nest!
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    Hello nurses!

    Well, I've had two shifts with my preceptor so far. I feel incredibly lucky to be paired with a really sweet, experienced, smart and patient preceptor.

    Looking back on my nursing school experience, i got too much busy work and not enough repetitive skills practice. The whole art of taking/giving report in an efficient manner, without bumbling over my own tongue, is new to me. Having my thoughts on my patient's status organized in my head, so that when a physician inquires, i have a worthwhile answer......is completely foreign at the moment. I know it takes time to develop a methodical way of thinking on the floor, and right now i just have tons of info coming in with no set drawers in my head to file it in. Does this make sense?

    If anyone has some experience/suggestions on what works for you as far as handling the massive amounts of information as it comes at you.....I'd love to hear it!

    Also, any report brains, or other documents that you use regularly.....please share!

    Meanwhile I'm going to enjoy Easter weekend off!! Thank you Jesus :-)
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    luckylotus:

    Yep, that makes complete sense. I am in the same position as you right now.


    In that in-between stage of confident doing most of the normal routine stuff (as long as there's a preceptor to catch you when you fall or to fill in what you missed) but not at that point where you've done everything enough times where you know what needs done after what. Honestly, I think there's so much information both general to nursing and disease processes as well as the specifics that come with each patient that we'll be hard-pressed for it to all really 'click' until we just have the experiences under our belt.

    I guess take the same advice I need: Keep on keepin on!


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