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Calling all new grads/new to the ICU starting Feb. 2013!!!! - page 2

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... Read More

  1. Visit  etymed profile page
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    I decided on Emergency & Critical Care Pocket Guide- 7th ed. by Paula Derr. It's only about $20 online.

    I'm going to do some drug flashcards too. They help me tremendously.
  2. Visit  C H I C A G O_RN profile page
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    I forgot to mention there is also an app called Critical Guide, its $10 and well worth the money! very simple formatting but do understand what your saying about not wanting to be on your phone while at work, especially being the new person!
  3. Visit  C H I C A G O_RN profile page
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    Another resource I just stumbled upon is the Auscultation Assistant website, it has samples of all heart and breath sounds,

    The Auscultation Assistant - Hear Heart Murmurs, Heart Sounds, and Breath Sounds


    Feel free to share any other resources you guys may have!
  4. Visit  C H I C A G O_RN profile page
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    Someone else posted this on another thread, critical care tutorials. I think it may be useful...

    Welcome to Critical Care Medicine Tutorials
  5. Visit  FlorenceNtheMachine profile page
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    Thanks for the links


    ECG Simulator | SkillStat Learning - Fast, Fun and Effective!

    Lots of practice with all types of arrhythmias.
  6. Visit  monkey2008 profile page
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    Quote from C H I C A G O_RN

    Nights is definitely going to be a huge adjustment! 3 days a week of working nights and then 4 off which I feel I would use one of those days off sleeping most of the time, there goes a wasted day off! However, as mentioned, I think there will be a little less pressure.
    Agreed, especially since I've never worked nights in my life. It is not lost on me though how fortunate I am to even have a job, let alone a gn internship at a magnet hospital. If they told me I had to work every weekend and holiday nights, I'd still do it. heck, I'd even pay them to work there just for the opportunity to learn and gain experience
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  7. Visit  ktliz profile page
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    Great idea for a thread!
    I started my internship in September, and am starting night shift next week with 2 more weeks of preceptorship and 2 weeks of mentorship (where my preceptor has her own assignment). My unit is 20 beds and is the only ICU in the building, so we get a little bit of everything--medical, surgical, cardiac, neuro... Everything except traumas, which go to the main campus, 10 minutes away. We are also an open heart unit but only certain nurses do hearts.

    So far I am LOVING my job!!! Just nervous about going to nights, for sure, and being on my own....

    As far as resources, ICUfaqs.com is great, and I am currently reading The ICU Book cover to cover. Once I finish it, I am going to start reading it again from the beginning... that's how good this book is!
  8. Visit  C H I C A G O_RN profile page
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    Quote from ktliz
    Great idea for a thread!
    I started my internship in September, and am starting night shift next week with 2 more weeks of preceptorship and 2 weeks of mentorship (where my preceptor has her own assignment). My unit is 20 beds and is the only ICU in the building, so we get a little bit of everything--medical, surgical, cardiac, neuro... Everything except traumas, which go to the main campus, 10 minutes away. We are also an open heart unit but only certain nurses do hearts.

    So far I am LOVING my job!!! Just nervous about going to nights, for sure, and being on my own....

    As far as resources, ICUfaqs.com is great, and I am currently reading The ICU Book cover to cover. Once I finish it, I am going to start reading it again from the beginning... that's how good this book is!

    I don't start my orientation until a couple of weeks so I think I'm going to start reading the ICU book tomorrow in conjunction with the ICUfaqs. How long has a taken you to read the ICU book??

    I'm super excited, yet nervous!
  9. Visit  SNB1014 profile page
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    I started my 12wk orientation in progressive care/imcu on Monday.
    We are allowed everything except for fresh cardiac surgeries and the like as well as vents. 3 pts max. I hope I'm allowed to participate :-)
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  10. Visit  ktliz profile page
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    Quote from C H I C A G O_RN

    I don't start my orientation until a couple of weeks so I think I'm going to start reading the ICU book tomorrow in conjunction with the ICUfaqs. How long has a taken you to read the ICU book??
    I've been kinda casually reading it throughout my orientation. It's very well written, to the point that I consider it an "easy read." You could finish it in a couple weeks, I'm sure, but I don't know how much you would retain. Once you have actual patients scenarios to think about as you read, it really sinks in. That's why I plan on re-reading it later
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  11. Visit  LadyFree28 profile page
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    I'm starting Monday at a PICU at a children's hospital...it is a mix of step-down and ICU, the get all post-ops, transplants, Heme Onc, vents, neuro...pretty much everything under the sun, except cardiac. Lots of CRRT and ECMO. You can get all of the above on both sides of the unit. Has 55 beds. I have two weeks of class, Nurse Residency Class, preceptorship for 3 months, ICU class, which includes first responder/code team training...this hospital has a VERY comprehensive program. Very excited but nervous...in this case nerves are good though If you have room for me thanks!

    I have been reviewing Critical Care nursing secrets, which is a resource I used as a Senior in Nursing School, my dimensional analysis book for checking accuracy for meds that use weight-based calculation, ICU FAQs website; I'm definitely looking into the website and suggestions I have seen here!! Great thread!
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  12. Visit  RN_wannab profile page
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    This is a great idea! I graduated with my ADN in December 2012. I just finished the class/lecture portion of my ICU internship today! I start on the floor with my preceptor this weekend. I'm in an Intermediate ICU (ratio is 3:1). I'm very nervous but excited! Still trying to focus on my new job and my NCLEX! I plan on ordering the Kathy White Critical Care little notebook soon. These other resources sound great too.
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  13. Visit  all517 profile page
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    I'm a recent BSN grad starting in the Neuroscience ICU. Excited to start my dream career, glad I found this thread!
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