Calling all new grads/new to the ICU starting Feb. 2013!!!! - page 15

by C H I C A G O_RN

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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    Hey guys! Still here, still alive . I finished my Ecco program this week and I start nights tonight (but I'm wide awake at 0900). I'm off orientation and on my own at the end of July...eeeek. I have learned so much and have come so far and on most days I feel like I have everything under control. But, I'm still very much a newb and still have a very large learning curve ahead of me. Best of luck everyone!
    FlorenceNtheMachine likes this.
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    Tomorrow is my first day on my own!! Ahhh!
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    Ktliz, I understand how horrible you feel about med mistakes. Made a few myself. And I felt like a dummy afterwards, rethought whether not I can make it as a nurse. It happens though. I won't make the same mistake twice !
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    How did it go Stormy?
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    That's awesome! I started in micu/sicu straight from school. It's fun! Just remember to ignore negative people or the jaded nurses no matter what. When I first started it was like a hazing process by the older icu nurses with unprofessional cursing and yelling. but, seriously at the end of the day, the impact u make on the patients is the best feeling in the world!
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    Hello everyone...really happy I stumbled across this post..I will be starting in the ICU, in McAllen, Tx, straight out nursing school...hope everyone is doing awesome at work.
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    Quote from C H I C A G O_RN
    The nurse that does the podcast also has a blog, seems really helpful! Here is the linkhttp://newnurseblog.com/about/

    I just checked out her podcast on IVs. She's smart and articulates well.
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    Quote from FlorenceNtheMachine
    Hey there!! Rough couple of weeks. Patients have been hard and emotionally draining. Keeping people in their bed is not my forte.

    At work, they have been giving me progressively harder patients. Well some leads will, some leads will stick me with the ones people don't want. Such is life!

    I like nights better than I did originally, but I still find it tough on the family.

    Had my first unsuccessful code a few weeks ago, not my patient but I was there when she became unresponsive. I cried after I went home just from the stress of the night. My patients were crashing at the same time. I felt like the only thing I accomplished that day was keeping my patients warm and breathing.

    My time management is fine, never had a tough time with that. Just feeling a little blue from the past few weeks.
    Don't worry, I've been right there with ya. I was helping admit a friend's patient and the alarm kept going off saying it was V-Tach when it wasn't. So everyone kept asking me to silence it.

    Finally, I silence it for the 10th time, and it was true V-Tach. =\ The physicians were in the room and caught it immediately right as I realized, so we saved the patient. Patient didn't last more than a day after that, though.

    Sometimes there's not too much we can do, even if we are perfectionists
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    Has anyone else's unit census and acuity been low? I'm thankful I went through orientation in the fall/winter when things were crazy, but had the summer on my own to build my skills before heading into cold & flu season!
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    Ktlitz, the CVICU I work on has been. Our entire unit closed the week of the 4th. It's starting to pick back up, though.


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