take a breath! slow down and focus on one thing at a time when you're away from the clinical area and thinking about all the things going on. you need to break it all down into their individual components. here's some help for you:
- thread in general nursing student discussion forum, "critical care help"
- thread in nursing student assistant forum. "how to be a good icu nurse"
- a primer on critical care for patients and their families from the american thoracic society. there is a wealth of information here the includes discussions of the purpose of the intensive care unit, common illnesses of patients in the intensive care units, icu devices and procedures (foleys, stomach tubes, arterial catheters, central venous catheters, right heart catheterization, mechanical ventilation, weaning from the ventilator, tracheostomy, lumbar puncture, paracentesis, thoracentesis, chest tubes, bronchoscopy and hemodialysis), making decisions about the end of life, living wills, medical futility, withdrawal of life-sustaining treatments, commonly asked questions, a guideline to advanced directives.