Hey everyone! So, I am looking for some advice...I just graduated in December and took my NCLEX three days ago and passed
. I was then given a "highly possible" offer to go straight into ICU. I precepted as Nursing supervisor, ER nurse and ICU nurse (she was quite the amazing RN). My preceptor asked me if I'd be interested in this job and of course, I said yes. While I am completely ecstatic at this opportunity, I am insanely nervous! My preceptor will be the one who is orienting me so I am well aware that I would be in good hands in the beginning but I would love to hear from others who have went straight into ICU from school. Give me the good and the bad....NO SUGARCOATING
Any advice, tips, things to read/study, etc would be greatly appreciated as well!
Jan 27, '14
I'm coming up on 8 months in the CVICU. Fresh of my ADN program. I precepts on the same unit before graduating and had an amazing experience there. I got offered a job and I have learned so much!!! I have been taking fresh CABG from day one, with an awesome preceptor, and independently for the past 2 months or so. I must say that I have been fortunate. We have a small work family and we all work well together. No bickering among us, no constant complaining, and a sincere willingness to continue to learn/teach. I look forward to work most days actually.
Some things that have helped and are helping are EBP articles surprisingly. We look them up frequently on the unit if we have a chance to. The 2 people who oriented me to the unit when I was hired are critical thinking junkies! They will ask you to look at ECG strip X and compare it to strip Y and try to identify differences. They pushed me to make me think through the patho or pharmacology of various issues. They help me become an independent thinking nurse, and reinforced the need to have a plan when you call a MD or NP. If you find someone who is willing to help push to make you better, half the battle is won! I agree that studying up on various things while off is helpful to. Being in school for your RN to BSN (and having goals for grad school eventually) helps as well, at least for me.
I also read "The ICU Book" it's pretty good, but there is another that I really like, but the title slips my mind now, Critical and Emergency Nursing care something...... Anyway I'll post the name of it when I get the book in my hands (it's at the mini unit regency library at work).
I've had an awesome time thus far in my first year as a RN, I have moments that I learned better ways to do things, and learned not to do other things, but I can honestly say that I wouldn't trade my job with anyone.
We are called the "Cadillac Unit" bc other units think we never have stressful days, but we most certainly do!!! Lol! We just know how handle most things early and without panicking!
I think that learning how to be an adaptable and independent thinking nurse , while also remaining a functional team member is key in becoming a well rounded RN. Just my opinion from my experiences thus far.
I wish you the best!
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Last edit by PatMac10,RN on Jan 27, '14