Im a new grad that just recently accepted my first position starting in a trauma intensive care unit
. At my hospital where ill be working, the floor ill be on is split between a trauma ICU and a Cardio-Thoracic ICU. Which means Im guessing that I will possibly float between the two units. I very excited to start! I have to admit that throughout nursing school and after I have developed a real love for the cardiovascular system. However I always imagined myself working with the injured and am excited to begin training as a Trauma nurse.
I have searched online and throughout these forums and while I see alot of information about CV nursing, and Neuro nursing there isnt a whole lot about what a Trauma ICU nurse
does. Is working on a Trauma ICU much different than Neuro ICU? Will I still get alot of experience with Cardio and other systems?
I understand I will see MVAs, GSWs, head traumas/hemorrhages and there is alot of neuro involved. But I would like to hear first hand from those working on a trauma unit - what type of equipment and lines do you work with often, what type of procedures are you doing often at the bedside, common meds used/titrated, and just some general info on what its like in a Trauma ICU.
Im very excited and eager to learn. I just completed an EKG course and a critical care course prior to getting accepted and Im working on reading the ICUFaqs book (I purchased the hardcopy) and the AACN Critical Care book.
As I mentioned my first love is cardio, I'm happy to have been given this opportunity and gain employment as a nurse let alone in an ICU (God has been good!) but I also would be interested in transferring possibly to the CTICU after maybe a year - maybe this wont be so hard as its with the same manager and same floor ill be working on...thoughts? I'm hoping that I will get cross trained to both units.
Any other tips for a new grad and info you can give about your unit is SO much appreciated! Ill be starting in 2-4 weeks and I know there are BIG challenges ahead. I want to keep using this time in between as a good head start, as much as possible.
I look forward to your thoughts...thanks SO MUCH!