I've been reading this "sub-forum" for months now. And I've got a small picture of what the ED world is. But before I point out my concerns, I would like to give a little background about myself.
I am a foreign-educated nurse, legally staying in the US (so no visa issues), currently working on a Long Term Care facility for a year now, and this facility is attached to a Critical Access Hospital.
I hate med-surg nursing or ER nursing or any hospital-based nursing when I was in nursing school. Before, I decided to be a public health nurse and work for the UN so I really did not pay much attention to some hospital stuff. Then the opportunity of working in the hospital came about a couple months ago. I know I need some areas to be confident about before diving into the hospital world, and I relayed this concern to the CNO, but they expressed their willingness to train me. So I accepted the job thinking its a great learning and professional experience for me. Oh this job is on the hospital attached to the long term care. Its a small critical hospital so basically I will cover both ER and the acute care beds.
Now, when I asked the CNO what training to take for me to be prepared, she told me it's just CPR/BLS and ACLS. Then I found out that they scheduled me for TNCC. I've been preparing for it and it's gonna be next week. Still, I feel I will have difficulty passing that certification. With all the equipments, terminologies, and the process as a whole different from my educational and experience backgrounds.
So if anyone can share their TNCC experience, (like how the training works, how the instructors score the test-takers, what critical steps to follow,) that would be awesome.
And also in general, how to prepare for the ED/Acute care world (like what skills are needed, telemetry skills, etc).
(I have Sheehy's Emergency Nursing Principles and Practice).
Thank you, fellow nurses!