New Grads in the ICU - Summer 2013 - page 2

by blueorchid981

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Hey everyone! I am a new grad that will be starting my first nursing job in the ICU! I precepted in an ICU as well. This thread is for all new grads starting in an ICU this summer! We can compare notes, support and vent with one... Read More


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    Quote from MLB4
    Hello! What a great idea for a new thread! I, too, am a Spring 2013 graduate starting in the ICU in July! I'm so excited to start, and I am glad to join this supportive thread!
    Hey there! I got your PM, but the site won't let me respond. I tried your email, but it said the address was not valid? Thank you for trying to help me
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    srandall1492,

    I have "Resume and Cover Letter Basics for Nurses" from the HR Department of the hospital I consolidated in! There is no attachment option, but I can upload and link you to them sometime early this week.
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    I agree, this was a good thread idea. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one stepping out of school into an icu. I'm going to a S/TICU for a level 1 trauma center. It's exciting to be in a place where I'll learn something new every day and be able to see so much, yet I'm scared at the same time. Family situations get notoriously ugly on this unit (gunshot victims and stuff). I also can't see myself knowing what to do in an emergency. When I shadowed there, my preceptor's patient was going into ARDS and she just knew what to do. I guess that kind of reaction comes with experience though. Really looking to starting there next month! I take my boards tomorrow... =/
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    I agree, this was a good thread idea. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one stepping out of school into an icu. I'm going to a S/TICU for a level 1 trauma center. It's exciting to be in a place where I'll learn something new every day and be able to see so much, yet I'm scared at the same time. Family situations get notoriously ugly on this unit (gunshot victims and stuff). I also can't see myself knowing what to do in an emergency. When I shadowed there, my preceptor's patient was going into ARDS and she just knew what to do. I guess that kind of reaction comes with experience though. Really looking to starting there next month! I take my boards tomorrow... =/
    Best of luck tomorrow!!!
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    Welcome everyone! Congrats on getting an ICU position as a new grad! I haven't taken boards so I won't start until mid July.

    Good luck on boards tomorrow arnwest! Let us know how it goes.

    Does anyone have any recommendations on critical care books to help prepare us for our new ICU positions? The icufaqs.org site is a good resource.
    Last edit by blueorchid981 on Jun 16, '13 : Reason: yikes! I made an error on the website link, sorry.
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    Welcome everyone! Congrats on getting an ICU position as a new grad! I haven't taken boards so I won't start until mid July.

    Good luck on boards tomorrow arnwest! Let us know how it goes.

    Does anyone have any recommendations on critical care books to help prepare us for our new ICU positions? The icufags.org site is a good resource.
    I actually bought two books with great reviews! Reviews state both a great for new grads as well as experienced nurses. Bought them on eBay, and got a pretty decent deal.

    Check out:
    AACN Essentials of Critical Care Nursing
    Quick Reference to Critical Care by Nancy Diepenbrock

    Congrats for landing an ICU position, and best of luck when you take your boards
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    Quote from MLB4
    I actually bought two books with great reviews! Reviews state both a great for new grads as well as experienced nurses. Bought them on eBay, and got a pretty decent deal.

    Check out:
    AACN Essentials of Critical Care Nursing
    Quick Reference to Critical Care by Nancy Diepenbrock

    Congrats for landing an ICU position, and best of luck when you take your boards
    Thank you I will definitely look at those books you recommended! Thanks.
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    Quote from blueorchid981

    Thank you I will definitely look at those books you recommended! Thanks.
    Anytime! Mine should be coming in on Wednesday.. I'll let you know what I think of them when they come in!!
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    I got my quick results today and I passed!
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    I got my quick results today and I passed!
    Congratulations!!!


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