Comfortable in ICU

  1. 0 For those who started out brand new to the ICU, how long did it take you to feel comfortable and confident in yourself.
  2. Visit  ododi profile page

    About ododi

    Joined Jun '13; Posts: 25; Likes: 2.

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  3. Visit  Esme12 profile page
    a little over a year....
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  4. Visit  Biffbradford profile page
    I started CVICU straight out of school and I've always stated:

    The first 6 weeks I wanted to quit every day.
    The next 6 months I wanted to quit every week.
    The next 6 years I wanted to quit every month.

    After that I was numb to everything so nothing bothered me anymore. Then after 10 years I just started feeling ENOUGH!

  5. Visit  Filly profile page
    I'm 1.5 years in and I can now say I feel much more confident and am really excited when I get my assignment and hear it's a 1:1 train wreck. I think I'm still appropriately cautious and will always be a question-asker, but I can really see a lot of growth in my skills and critical thinking. Finally. It was a really tough first year.
  6. Visit  Sugarcoma profile page
    At one year I finally stopped feeling like I should cut my coworkers part of my paycheck. At two years I feel very confident in some types of cases and not so confident in others. My stomach still does flip-flops when I am assigned a heart or a complicated neuro pt.
    tigerRN2013 likes this.

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