New grad hired into Trauma ICU in a Level 1 Trauma hospital - page 2

I just got hired this week at a trauma ICU as an RN in a level 1 trauma center. My training with a preceptor is only 6-8 weeks. Can anyone provide me with any tips? I have already bought AACN... Read More

  1. Visit  msn10 profile page
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    I am instructor (and ICU nurse) who teachers preceptors how to teach. So the first question I would ask your manager is "Can I extend my orientation to a 12-week precepted 1:1 orientation?"

    I know jobs are scarce right now, and you are probably thankful for that job, but I would never put a new RN in a level I ICU ever, much less after only 6-8 weeks of orientation. I am not trying to get you down or scare you, but I think they are asking too much of you. However, listen to all the great tips from the other posters on this thread and also, KNOW YOUR RESOURCES! Know who to call and when, know who the most competent nurses are on your floor and get to know your MD residents well. Besides your book knowledge, know your people. Also, constantly ask "What if?" If you have a patient with an head trauma for example, and you do one treatment, ask what else might happen if you try other things. Find out what are the most common types of injuries and diagnosis you will see on your unit and brush up on those first. Good luck, hang in there, and ask lots of questions.
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  3. Visit  TRUtraumaRN profile page
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    Make sure you get an excellent preceptor. Even after nurses are off orientation and have a couple years experience, you can still tell which nurse they precepted with. You'll end up being a lot like them, so get the best one you possibly can that's going to teach you the most. Buy a couple critical care books (AACN has a few) or even go ahead and get a CCRN exam book as those can be excellent teaching tools and once you have 2 years of experience you'll be eligible to sit for the exam. Good luck!
  4. Visit  Phlavyah profile page
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    I just got hired at our local little hospital ICU III as a GN, fresh out is school! Heck, I took my NCLEX yesterday!! I'll have 12 weeks orientation with the option to extend and I am shaking in my cowgirl boots!! Please, ask your manager about the possibility of an extension if need be. Get a feel for how they will react to such need so you are not blindsided at the end of you orientation...
  5. Visit  ccrnjade profile page
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    Quote from Phlavyah
    I just got hired at our local little hospital ICU III as a GN, fresh out is school! Heck, I took my NCLEX yesterday!! I'll have 12 weeks orientation with the option to extend and I am shaking in my cowgirl boots!! Please, ask your manager about the possibility of an extension if need be. Get a feel for how they will react to such need so you are not blindsided at the end of you orientation...
    Hopefully you will be like me and be surrounded by seasoned nurses who realize if they help you and let you ask lots of questions in a shame free zone, you will make their life easier. They have the opportunity to train you up right. I have been a new grad in an ICU for over a year, and my middle name has been, " hey can you come look at this?". Just breathe, be ready to ask for help if you aren't sure. Try not to get defensive when you receive some constructive criticism. You will make mistakes even when you do your best. Don't be too hard on yourself. Take it one day and one patient at a time. You wouldn't be there if you had not earned that spot. You got this!
  6. Visit  ada0679 profile page
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    You cannot learn it all... Only who and where your reliable resources are. It's going to be a bumpy 3 years. It so worth it! It's a great patient population.
  7. Visit  DatNurse82 profile page
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    Being a recent graduate nurse, jobs down in Miami are scarce! Hospital jobs are really hard to get into if you do not have the experience. You new grads really lucked out getting hired in the ICU. I think i'd be cautious to take such a demanding job, considering my only experience has been in clinicals etc. Congrats to you both!!
  8. Visit  kmfing01 profile page
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    [QUOTE="biancocm;6631921"]I graduated nursing school last year and started in the trauma icu, I only had 5 1/2 weeks of orientation, we were short staffed and they felt i was ready for my own assigment. During my orientation my preceptor was often put in charge near the end of my orientation so i would have my own wa/a-- in m ce
  9. Visit  mbrookeCCRN profile page
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    I'm also a new grad and I just got hired in our Surgical/Trauma ICU (we are also a level I trauma center). We get 20 weeks of orientation. Additionally, we are not expected to take on more than one patient until the 1 year mark. The long orientation is the only reason I feel comfortable working on this kind of unit. Maybe they misspoke? That seems crazy! Definitely ask them about that orientation period, it really doesn't seem right. Either way just keep asking lots of questions and look EVERYthing up. Good luck!
  10. Visit  blondesareeasy profile page
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    Just a sidebar: Did you know that the motorcycle helmet laws vastly reduced the amount of organ donors?


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