We were only given a month in each unit so that's not the longest orientation. I've never been in a bad situation at this point. The units are all very good and very supportive. I'm always asking questions and someone is always around to help if needed.
Assignments have been pretty standard. Usually not very heavy patients. I get sedated, vented patients, overdose patients and patients that are about ready to leave the unit. I don't often get a lot of drips. When I do it's usually amio, which we don't do anything with, and sometimes levo.
My goal is to be able to take any patient and know what to do with all my drips, which ones to wean first, and basically be able to see problems before they occur. I've tried looking through old nursing books
but there isn't a lot of critical care specifics in there. I'm looking for books I can really get something out of.
Another thing that's been suggested is to not only know my drips but to also know why and how they do what they do. I've been told to know the receptor sites (alpha and beta1&2). I've also been told to really know the renin-angiotensin process. If anyone has a very simplified way to explain receptors, RAS, and drips, I'd love to hear it!
Is the CCRN book expensive?