I am coming up on one year as a new grad in the ICU. Here is what helped me-
In the beginning, I kept a journal, and would write an entry after each shift. It included things like 1) what I learned that day 2) things I wanted to look up to learn more about 3) what went well 4) what I could have done differently 5) goals for my next shift, etc. I did this for a few months before it fell by the wayside.
My greatest resources were icufaqs.org and The ICU Book. I read both of these basically beginning to end. The ICU Book is geared toward med students/residents, so there are some things that are not relevant to nursing that I skimmed over (physics equations? No thanks!) Other than that, it's a pretty easy read.
Our unit uses a Kardex aka "brain sheet" for each patient. The previous shift RN updates the kardex then makes a copy for the oncoming RN that you can then write on during report. I would highly recommend coming up with a sheet like this if your unit doesn't already use one. Once I went to nights, I also came up with my own "night shift brain." It is half a sheet of paper that i tape in front of my computer at the beginning of the shift. It is basically just a checklist of everything I need to do during the shift for each patient, so I don't forget things like daily weights, updating care plans
, entering I&O, etc. It also has a space to jot down notes for each patient as i think of things through the night (ex. "Needs bowl regimen," "cath lab at 0800"). Oh, and it has each hour listed and i just circle the times when meds are due. The kardex stays folded in my pocket as a resource, but I run my shift off of that paper taped on my desk!