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

by C H I C A G O_RN 27,582 Views | 152 Comments

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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    I just graduated in December from an ADN program, I completed my preceptorship in the ICU, and was hired on to an ICU just recently for a three month residency with a one year contract to work after the initial residency is complete. I even scored day shift! Yes! I had an awesome nurse as my preceptor and am hoping for the same in my new job, as I feel they make all the difference. I am also working away already on BSN online (my goal is to become a critical care ARNP in the future). Good luck everyone!
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    Quote from FlorenceNtheMachine
    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.
    I just keep reminding myself that I won't really be alone... even the most experienced nurse shouldn't be left alone with 2 crashing patients. I am never afraid to ask questions but sometimes I feel bad asking for help when I need extra hands. I just started night shift though and the teamwork is awesome... people are constantly popping into each other's rooms asking if they need help. Especially when the curtain is closed, or when there is an admission, help comes out of the woodwork!
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    Hurst got me passed the NCLEX!
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    Quote from etymed
    Hurst got me passed the NCLEX!
    Congrats RN!!!!
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    Quote from ktliz

    I just keep reminding myself that I won't really be alone... even the most experienced nurse shouldn't be left alone with 2 crashing patients. I am never afraid to ask questions but sometimes I feel bad asking for help when I need extra hands. I just started night shift though and the teamwork is awesome... people are constantly popping into each other's rooms asking if they need help. Especially when the curtain is closed, or when there is an admission, help comes out of the woodwork!
    AWESOME!!!
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    Thanks

    Yeah - the CICU I've interned in so far is also pretty awesome when it comes to admissions. There were a bunch of us male nurses who went in to see if they needed help moving her. And then one of the guys was all, "If you need to use the bathroom, now's a good time!" Hahaha
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    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.
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    Quote from FlorenceNtheMachine
    I'm having some anxiety about starting nights. I know wah wah, everyone has to do it.
    Yeah I am too...

    Mainly I'm just anxious about getting into the knack of falling asleep during when it's daytime and getting enough quality sleep to keep up with the demands of an ICU.

    on another note, I did CPR in the unit for the first time in my life last weekend. Crazy. Have you ever?
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    Congrats etymed, RN!

    FlorenceNtheMachine, I felt the same way about days. The one thing I've found, though, is that I get all night to figure out what the patient needs, then discuss it with the resident when they come to assess the patient in the morning. Plus if all goes well, there is a lull in the middle of the night when you can chart, eat and I take the opportunity to go over the chart and study up on anything I'm not familiar with. I was afraid nights would drag, but it is actually a nice pace and the time goes by just as quickly as days. My problem right now is that I sleep way too much on my days off!
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    Etymed- RN!,

    I'm glad I"m not alone worrying about nights. Its so hard to get quality sleep in the day where I live, so many trains, cars, dogs, and kids. I worry about sleeping with earplugs too, I don't want to be completely deaf to any danger.

    I have never done CPR on a real person before! Was it so wild? Did you feel the ribs break? Was it a good outcome?


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