New Grad starting out in the SICU

  1. I have to say that I absolutely love my job. I'm glad I started out in the ICU rather than going to the busy floor, but I do think it will be a long time before I feel comfortable doing what I do. I'm looking for a resource that I can carry around with me such as a pocket manual. I need something that will help me with my different blood pressure and anti-arrhythmic drips, reversal drugs, and PA/CVC lines and tubes. I just want to be prepared for the worst and in a time of panic I would like to have a good resource where I can quickly flip to the information I need. Any advise would be great!
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   UM Review RN
    Have you thought of a PDA?

    Lots of good reference books can be contained in one.

    We have a PDA forum here so you can look over all the things a PDA can do: http://allnurses.com/forums/f234/
  4. by   HM2VikingRN
    Spoken like a true tech head....Mine got me through nursing school....
  5. by   BethBSN
    Quote from sunbumjul
    I have to say that I absolutely love my job. I'm glad I started out in the ICU rather than going to the busy floor, but I do think it will be a long time before I feel comfortable doing what I do. I'm looking for a resource that I can carry around with me such as a pocket manual. I need something that will help me with my different blood pressure and anti-arrhythmic drips, reversal drugs, and PA/CVC lines and tubes. I just want to be prepared for the worst and in a time of panic I would like to have a good resource where I can quickly flip to the information I need. Any advise would be great!
    As a new graduate working in a busy CVICU... I have a PDA but I like my Kathy White "Fast Facts for Critical Care" book better:

    http://www.kathywhite.com/
    It includes all your gtts, values, hemodynamics, ACLS, etc etc etc. They even have additional inserts for IABP, CV Surgery, Trauma, Pediatrics. It also has a PDA version but I like the book better, it's easy to flip to quickly. I use it most everyday, just last night I used it to double check the limits of nipride.

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