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New Grads in the ICU - Summer 2013 - page 4

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... Read More

  1. Visit  my_purpose profile page
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    I love this thread also! I start orientation for the ICU on Monday the 12th. So nervous, yet so very excited. I have always wanted the CC/ED units but was always told that new grads don't start there. Feeling really blessed. Will get those books so that I can feel comfortable in my own mind on Monday.
  2. Visit  JeanOfAllTraits profile page
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    Quote from LifesAJourney
    In terms of ECCO course, it is a fantasic tool to help us out! It's pretty lengthy, but provides useful information. Just remember to be thankful for the opportunity.
    I have LOVED using the ECCO's! I am amazed at how much I've learned from them. We have access to them for a whole year from the time we start them. I'm planning on going back to them once I've had more hands on practice. I just finished the hemodynamic monitoring and I had a really hard time incorporating all the information because I've never worked with balloon pumps or swans. I'm too hand on to learn those aspects, and how to integrate all the info, from a computer alone.

    I realized last week that I'm starting to feel comfortable being in the ICU. My first week I was asking myself what on earth I was doing. I know I'll have similar feelings when I get off on my own, but still, it's good to feel like I can grasp a "stable" 2:1 at this point in my orientation. I'm done with my first unit (I'm a float) and I'm on to my second for three! Plus, I've only got one more ECCO day, and then I get to go back to my 12 hours! Wooohooo! (Oh how I have missed my three day weeks!)
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    Hello! I am starting this week on stepdown and then I'll be cross-trained to ICU. I'm so so nervous. I just bought AACN's Essentials for Progressive Care Nursing.

    For those that have been in the unit for a couple of weeks already, how are you doing? Any tips or advice?
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    Quote from greyL
    Hello! I am starting this week on stepdown and then I'll be cross-trained to ICU. I'm so so nervous. I just bought AACN's Essentials for Progressive Care Nursing.

    For those that have been in the unit for a couple of weeks already, how are you doing? Any tips or advice?
    My best advice would be to take every opportunity as a learning experience! Don't be afraid to try something new or to learn something that you have never seen before. Go on every code and participate as much as possible. Speak up. Tell all the nurses if they have something cool, or something new, to let you come watch/help and check it out. Let your preceptor know what you are lacking and need more practice in. Be your own advocate for the best orientation you can have! You'll thank yourself later! best of luck!
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    How is everyone doing on their orientation? Anyone on their own yet?
  6. Visit  MidLifeRN2012 profile page
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    I am a May 2012 grad and can't find a job anywhere as a new nurse. (Thank God I still have my first career job)Where do you guys live that they allow new grads in an ICU? That's my dream job on my way to burn someday but any ICU job I see wants experienced only.

    I live in Chicago area btw...
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  7. Visit  blueorchid981 profile page
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    Orientation is going well. I was on days for a few weeks then I'm on nights now. I like nights so much better so far. I will be on my own toward the end of this month, coming up fast!!

    How about everyone else??
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    Quote from fgreen
    I am a May 2012 grad and can't find a job anywhere as a new nurse. (Thank God I still have my first career job)Where do you guys live that they allow new grads in an ICU? That's my dream job on my way to burn someday but any ICU job I see wants experienced only.

    I live in Chicago area btw...
    Also in the Chicago area and I can't agree more. That would be like a dream around here.
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  9. Visit  annie.z profile page
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    Week 5 so far! My preceptor is awesome and super knowledgeable. I'm so thankful because I'm more of a hands on learner and 1:1 explanations work so much better for me than class lectures. I've been doing a lot of things by myself so far. We've only had 1 or 2 REALLY critical patients, those times she just had be do 1:1 with them. But so far, despite the unit being a little "slower" than the upcoming months, it's a great opportunity to get my time management and documentation skills down pat before as she says it "shiiieeeetttt hits the fan!"

    I love it! I am sooo grateful to be where I am now, but anyone else feel like their brain is about to explode with all of the information that's being packed into our brains?? I don't feel like I've every stopped studying for something this whole time haha.

    Quote from JeanOfAllTraits
    I have LOVED using the ECCO's! I am amazed at how much I've learned from them. We have access to them for a whole year from the time we start them. I'm planning on going back to them once I've had more hands on practice. I just finished the hemodynamic monitoring and I had a really hard time incorporating all the information because I've never worked with balloon pumps or swans. I'm too hand on to learn those aspects, and how to integrate all the info, from a computer alone.
    I'm having issues incorporating/processing the hemodynamic information too! Does anyone have any tips on how to make things easier to understand?? I haven't had a change to read the Hemodynamic document on ICUFaqs to see if it would make more sense to me there.
  10. Visit  MLB4 profile page
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    Quote from fgreen
    I am a May 2012 grad and can't find a job anywhere as a new nurse. (Thank God I still have my first career job)Where do you guys live that they allow new grads in an ICU? That's my dream job on my way to burn someday but any ICU job I see wants experienced only.

    I live in Chicago area btw...
    I live in the Chicago area as well. I, among several of my classmates/friends, have been fortunate enough to land positions in our dream units, including ICU. Just depends where you are looking, how strong of a candidate you are, and when you are applying. Also, apply to the positions that say you need experience as well. Some places will consider strong new nurses, but they usually will not advertise it. Of course, if it says "will not consider new graduates" then don't apply. Myself and 2 of my friends all landed positions in the ICU even though it says "requires 2 years of acute care experience."

    Did you work as a nursing assistant while in school? Although not necessary to have done this to obtain an ICU position, it helps. My manager told me straight out in my interview she is afraid to hire a new graduate into the ICU who has not worked as a CNA or something relevant..

    My best advice is to keep applying and don't give up. If you can get a position on a different floor within the hospital system, you could transfer to ICU after sometime (most hospitals require 6 months of employment before transfer).

    If you have any questions, feel free to PM me.
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    Quote from schnookimz

    Also in the Chicago area and I can't agree more. That would be like a dream around here.
    Have you tried any community hospitals? I find new graduates have more luck there all times of the year. A lot of the big hospitals only hire at certain times of the year, and they usually only hire a select few of the "best of the best". Best of luck! I hope you land your dream job soon!
  12. Visit  schnookimz profile page
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    Worked as a nursing assistant for three years and an lpn for one year. I worked full time at these jobs while doing my pre reqs and all the way through nursing school. I've applied to over 250 jobs at this point and can't even get a call back.

    Two hospital systems actually called to tell me to stop applying for jobs that require experience. They said it makes me look bad bc it looks like I just want any nursing job instead of a specific nursing job---they are right. I DO WANT ANY JOB!!!!
  13. Visit  PatMac10,RN profile page
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    I've been working in a smaller, rural CVICU, since July 15th! I lovey job! Everyone on my unit is so tight-knit, welcoming, and helpful, even the surgeons. I am learning soooo much. I look forward to going to work every week.

    I am a new grad ADN nurse who graduated and passed NCLEX in May 2013!

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