Calling all new grads/new to the ICU starting Feb. 2013!!!! - page 5

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  FutureCRNA? profile page
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    Quote from FlorenceNtheMachine
    I worry about sleeping with earplugs too, I don't want to be completely deaf to any danger.
    I sleep with one earplug in every night of my life and I've never slept better. And I'm not on nights yet

    Every little noise would bother me and I'm a side sleeper so my husband suggested putting an ear plug in my top ear (which I originally thought was nuts lol). I still hear noise, my alarm wakes me up (and it's not any louder than it used to be), I hear the kids if they call out, etc. It just "mutes" the noises a little so I don't fixate on them and allows me to sleep soundly.

    I'd highly recommend them to anyone with sleep difficulties
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  3. Visit  ktliz profile page
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    I'm trying to stick to the same sleep schedule for my nights off in hopes that it will turn into a routine. Although, I have always been a "napper" so I go to bed with my husband around midnight and then get up after a few hours of sleep. That way I can sleep less during the day, getting up earlier in the afternoon and getting some daytime activities in. But if I worked the night before, I try to get to sleep by 9 am and sleep a solid 8 hours. Luckily I don't have kids yet... Just cats. I blacked my bedroom window out with aluminum foil and always keep a fan going for white noise. My biggest problem is the guilty feeling I get when I am up at night and sleep during the day, due to past experiences with Insomnia. So it is more a matter of changing my outlook!
  4. Visit  LadyFree28 profile page
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    Quote from FlorenceNtheMachine
    I'm having some anxiety about starting nights. I know wah wah, everyone has to do it.

    Just having some apprehension about how it'll affect everything. I actually like the hustle and bustle of days and having doctors around to collaborate with and helping to modify therapy.
    Yeah...I rotate shifts every 3 weeks...although I have 3-4 days in between to get my body on a cycling sleep schedule.

    I'm actually anticipating nights...that gives me experience in getting pts ready for pre-OP, getting use to off-shift routine, and anything else that may happen, as well as opportunities to really digest what I'm learning. My unit is Suuuuper busy, so I'm sure nights and days has no difference in flow right now.

    I'm still getting used to everything. Going from a place or experience where I have been sooo far removed from technology (with the exception of my iPhone, haha) to back to the land of the living, I found my schedule in the computer system and found out how fast I was going to nights, and how spaced out it was, so I hope it's not too bad.
  5. Visit  LadyFree28 profile page
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    Quote from FutureCRNA?

    I sleep with one earplug in every night of my life and I've never slept better. And I'm not on nights yet

    Every little noise would bother me and I'm a side sleeper so my husband suggested putting an ear plug in my top ear (which I originally thought was nuts lol). I still hear noise, my alarm wakes me up (and it's not any louder than it used to be), I hear the kids if they call out, etc. It just "mutes" the noises a little so I don't fixate on them and allows me to sleep soundly.

    I'd highly recommend them to anyone with sleep difficulties
    Also eye masks...still use them when It is a must
    for me to sleep through the day or the night...

    I may have some ear plugs left over from my trip...if not, I'll be headed to rite aid soon!

    I am a happily notorious napper, with an insomnia issue for as long as I can remember...guess I was made for this type of schedule! I'm involved with my neices and stepdaughter's activities, so I think I can hane the balance if and when the stork comes my way but for now, I can't wait to see how it all goes... One foot in from of the other...
  6. Visit  dressagerdr profile page
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    Hello everyone

    Super excited to be starting in the ICU tonight! (night shifts of course). While I'm not a brand new grad, I'm still pretty nervous! I worked on a Neuro floor for 6 months at a very prestigious hospital, got some brief PCU experience and now I'm transferred up to ICU! My life's goal essentially

    I just found out yesterday that they were going to let me transfer up to ICU, so I haven't had *any* time to prepare. It's mainly adults, but peds do end up there - which scares me because I never had a pediatrics rotation in nursing school! So very exciting though!
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  7. Visit  ICURNAsh profile page
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    Hey all. I just stumbled on this thread and wanted to jump in. I graduated from an ADN program in December and already had an offer for ICU night shift. I passed boards at the end of January and started my classroom orientation on Feb 4th. I finished the classroom part and am now starting my 12 week on the floor orientation. Weds was my first night shift on the floor and I LOVED it. My preceptor is great and I know I'll learn so much from him. I love the unit and all the night staff. I was really nervous going into my first floor shift but it was great. I'm certainly still a healthy amount of nervous since I have so much to learn but I know I'm working in a great place and I should have a great experience! :-)
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  8. Visit  RN12PTL profile page
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    Hi y'all!! I just got offered a new grad ICU position today and I am SO excited!! I read through this thread and have been taking notes on y'all's sleep aids/suggestions, as well as the various tips for preparing for my new job. Can't wait until I can offer more to this thread than just a thank you for your thoughts!!


  9. Visit  FlorenceNtheMachine profile page
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    Quote from dressagerdr
    Hello everyone

    Super excited to be starting in the ICU tonight! (night shifts of course).

    !
    How'd your first night go??
  10. Visit  FlorenceNtheMachine profile page
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    Quote from RN12PTL
    Hi y'all!! I just got offered a new grad ICU position today and I am SO excited!!

    Congrats!!! What type /size icu
    Will you be in?
  11. Visit  ktliz profile page
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    CPR... I have never had to do it on my own patient. All my patients that have passed have been transitioned to comfort care or at least DNR. I've been to other codes on the unit, though... I've even gotten multiple compliments on my compressions, including, "That was impressive" and that my compressions were better than some of the men's. Haven't felt the ribs break though, I guess because they are all broken by the time I get there. The thing that struck me most is when I heard people joking and laughing (not about the patient of course, and with no family present), just trying to keep morale up. There is no way to stay deadly serious when you deal with horrific things all the time. Just some musings from my psych-major brain.

    There is a patient who sends my unit a "thanks for saving my life" cake every year on the date that he coded. I was floored when I heard that... I can't wait to see a patient that we coded fully recover. To be honest, I am currently experiencing some moral distress about some of the things we put people through even when the prognosis is abysmal. I need a really good outcome to boost my spirits, lol.
  12. Visit  etymed profile page
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    They said my compressions needed some work in the debriefing, which doesn't surprise me. lol

    That's awesome about the cake that patient sends

    and Florence, it was a pretty surreal experience (made more surreal by the fact that it was only like 0745, and I'd just woken up a little before). Another nurse started compressions, so I didn't hear any ribs break during my compressions. I'm not sure any did break, though. And yes, it was a good outcome: we got him back and he was stable clear up to shift change!


    Welcome to the thread everyone! It's nice to see so much activity
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  13. Visit  C H I C A G O_RN profile page
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    Loving all the activity! I will have tons to contribute at the end of next week!
  14. Visit  dressagerdr profile page
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    Update: I survived the first shift! I have a fabulous preceptor, and all of the other nurses were incredibly helpful - pulling me into rooms to see interesting things, giving good tips, showing me the resources available on the unit. My preceptor had us assigned to 2 easier patients so I wouldn't be running around like a chicken with my head cut off, not understanding/"digesting" what was going on. Tonight we'll be taking more critical patients - I'm very excited! Will update again soon

    One 12 hour night shift down, 5 more to go! Can't wait to see where I'll be as far as my comfort level on Tuesday night compared to tonight.

    Hope you all are doing well! ICU is an awesome unit!
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