Calling all new grads/new to the ICU starting Feb. 2013!!!! - page 4

by C H I C A G O_RN

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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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    So... I think I've went back and forth from I hate this! to I lurve this place a million times. Sigh!

    Utter craziness.
    keepnpositive likes this.
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    Hahaha, I know how you feel.

    I think.. "Well, charting isn't so bad..."
    Then I realize I still have more to chart!
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    Great 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!!
    FlorenceNtheMachine likes this.
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    Started 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!!!
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    Nothing to say today really, but just glad I have gainful employment. High fives!
    KayRN1 and danceportal like this.
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    I'm with ya! *high five*
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    Hello! 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.
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    Quote from FlorenceNtheMachine
    Nothing to say today really, but just glad I have gainful employment. High fives!
    *High Fives* YESS!!! Congrats!!!
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    Sounds 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!
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    Quote from LadyFree28
    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.
    Awesome! Your orientation sounds like it's very organized! Good luck next week!

    And KeepNpositive, that tech seems like he/she has issues, not related to "ignorant new nurses" but that's what they are taking it out on.

    I do agree that it's tough though, I see myself getting overwhelmed if I had to do it all by myself. Two unstable, crashing patients and the MOUNTAIN of charting and orders for both, are just beyond my capabilities right now.

    I think any new nurse is going to be overwhelmed wherever they start.
    Last edit by FlorenceNtheMachine on Feb 8, '13 : Reason: Double, triple (?) negative!


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