Calling all new grads/new to the ICU starting Feb. 2013!!!! - page 3
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
Feb 3, '13Quote from netglowYes please!!Anybody want a newbie ICU brain?
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Here ya go. Mind that it is what I used during my ICU preceptorship in school, I don't work in the ICU now. It has been passed around here privately tho for a few years. . It's EPIC-based and specific to one unit, but take a look and design your own with your kind of stuff on it.
Page 1 and (2 or 3) are to print back to back. You will fold it vertically. Page 2 or 3 are versions you might use to take report or to take report and have a prep for interdisciplinary report if you will have one of those - you know, with the big shots, in the big conference room. In those reports you don't want to say, "ummmm I don't know" you want to take 5 min and write crap down before that meeting happens so you can glance down and get your info when asked, being new and all.
Yes it's got big training wheels, but you can change it how you want it to be and soon you might get where you don't even need it.Last edit by netglow on Feb 3, '13
Feb 3, '13Hi great idea to start this thread.
I am currently in a three month program that my hospital runs for RNs who get hired for ICUs... Starting week 3 tomorrow.
I'll start new in the ICU at the end of April. I don't know yet which one... MICU, SICU, or CCU, as the positions are awarded by seniority -- I have just shy of 5 years med-surg and mental health experience with my hospital. Hoping for SICU, as I've been working on a surgical floor the past few years and would love to have *some* kind of familiarity so I'm not terrified all the time!
I'm currently drowning in readings about mechanical ventilation for my course... Sooooo many types and modes... Anyone have a clear/easy to understand resource for them? My textbook might as well be written in Swahili :P
Looking forward to bouncing stuff off each other in this forum...
Feb 5, '13So... I think I've went back and forth from I hate this! to I lurve this place a million times. Sigh!
Feb 5, '13Hahaha, I know how you feel.
I think.. "Well, charting isn't so bad..."
Then I realize I still have more to chart!
Feb 5, '13Great idea for a thread!
I'll be starting in SICU this coming Monday! I'm so nervous but excited! I was told we would be getting some overflow from Burn ICU, Neuro ICU, and MICU.
I look forward to reading everyone's progress, including my own :P
I have been looking into resources, and I have been looking at icufaqs...I plan on getting the ICU book, and I'm currently refreshing my memory with assessment. I was told it's important to fine tune your assessment skills before going in.
Just a note on the Pass CCRN book if you plan on getting it...don't get the 4th/new edition yet, the CD with questions that come with the book doesn't release until April/May!!
Feb 6, '13Started this week, first day in Nursing classroom. Had a Math test...instructors were fabulous, got a 100 on the exam!!! I got to get my PICU binder. I will be in nurse residency 1 day a month. My unit also has a mentoring program as well. So far, so good!!!
Feb 8, '13Hello! I started in the ICU recently as well. So far it has been going well, I have been blessed with two awesome preceptors. I don't have a lot of bedside experience, but my preceptors keep telling me it's ok, I'll get it. Just had day 5 and so far I have been given one stable patient twice, with my preceptor to answer any questions.
We were given the book Critical Care Nursing Demystified, and so far it seems pretty good.
Has anyone experienced any flack about being a new grad and going into the ICU? One tech started going on about he doesn't know why the unit keeps hiring young ignorant nurses and my aunts friend said that my manager must have been crazy or desperate to hire me. THe fact is my hospital deliberately hires new grads so they can train them their way, our preceptorship is 16 weeks long, and the critical care classes they send us to every week does not count towards that 16 weeks.
Anyway. I'm having a ball.
Feb 8, '13Quote from FlorenceNtheMachine*High Fives* YESS!!! Congrats!!!Nothing to say today really, but just glad I have gainful employment. High fives!
Feb 8, '13Sounds like the tech has his issues, and so does your Aunt (sorry)...
Glad you are enjoying the ride!!!
I survived getting up early and going to orientation for a whole week! Lots of classroom time, more next week for two days, then orientation to unit for another two days. Next Friday, nurse residency class, then 4 hrs of orientation with my preceptor, then a full shift of preceptorship next Sunday. After 3 months on Stepdown , I go back into the nursing classroom. I also have PALS scheduled in March. But one foot forward first...I will enjoy my weekend off!