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This is a discussion on Last semester of RN school; Advice for critical care in General Nursing Student, part of Nursing Student ... Hi, in August I will enter my last semester...wooohooo!!! I had med-surg in level 2 and now I am...by michelle0781 Jul 9, '12Hi, in August I will enter my last semester...wooohooo!!! I had med-surg in level 2 and now I am going into critical care. I am really nervous mostly b/c we have so much to cover in this last semester including prep for NCLEX. I will perform clinicals mostly in an ICU which is where I am thinking about working after graduation depending on how comfortable I am in clinicals...lol. I am using this summer break to prepare by reading and doing as much ATI as possible but I am really nervous about the content and clinicals. I have been a strong student so far but I feel completely unprepared for this semester. I feel like I know nothing about nursing and can't believe that in 6 months I will be a real nurse(hopefully...lol). Did anyone else ever feel like they don't know what they are doing????? I just seems like I should know more than what a last semester nurse should know...I could be just panicking for nothing...lol. I have asked my classmates and they say they feel the same way but it scares me to think that in such a short time I will be fully responsible for someone's life. I try to remeber safety at all times and I am very passionate about nursing. I know this is my calling just scared to death right now. If anyone has any advice for what to expect in the critical care level and/or for the newly graduated nurse I would greatly appreciate it.
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- Jul 9, '12 by StephalumpI think this is why they say it takes a year to really be a competent nurse: most of the learning takes place after graduation. Schools ate supposed to give us a good foundation, but because we're prepared to be generalists, we cannot possibly learn everything we need to know in each speciality. If you've been a strong student, I'm sure you'll be great .
- Jul 10, '12 by johnny depp23Uh, good luck trying to land a job in critical care as new grad. :kiss
- Jul 10, '12 by ~passionateSN~Quote from johnny depp23where I live ICU does hire new gradsUh, good luck trying to land a job in critical care as new grad. :kiss
- Jul 10, '12 by decembergrad2011Quote from ~passionateSN~Same here. Many of my classmates now work in ICUs.where I live ICU does hire new grads
Critical care...a lot of it is heavily pathopharm based. I found that for my learning style, flow charts really helped to understand things like MODS (Multiorgan dysfunction syndrome). To be completely honest, our semester was broken up into two segments and we had to complete the CC class in like 8 weeks, so we had an exam every 2 weeks or so. I did a LOT of cramming that semester because there was no other way to learn the material in time.
If you've done the things you've done throughout school, you should be fine. I would make sure to read over your notes often and do some Google fun while you study to find cool pictures and videos about the topic. Watching a video or looking at a graphic about a disease process could make it easier to understand for me sometimes.
- Jul 10, '12 by StephalumpOP is studying Critical Care in the last semester of school, not worrying about getting a CC job.
- Jul 10, '12 by michelle0781New grads are hired here where I live and I feel that may be the best place for me to really strengthen my critical thinking skills and understanding of disease processes. Thank you to everyone for your advice. I use google and YouTube quite frequently in conjunction with my textbooks and have found them to be helpful resources as well as this wonderful blog site. Always comforting to hear from nurses with vast experience. I hope to be well rounded one day.
- Jul 10, '12 by juliaannQuote from johnny depp23I received my ICU job offer while in my third semester of nursing school.Uh, good luck trying to land a job in critical care as new grad. :kiss
- Jul 12, '12 by AnnaiyaI've been a PICU nurse for a year now and still feel like I don't know anything most days. One of the most helpful things that my educator told me during my orientation is to focus on what I do know and not what I don't know. I think it is really easy for us to get overwhelmed by how much we don't know. Especially in critical care. Even if all you know on the first day is to make sure the side rails are up and that the patient isn't lying on anything (cords, syringe caps, etc.) you still know some things that are an important part of nursing. Give your self credit for everything you've worked to learn so far. Then focus on what you want to learn next, don't try to learn it all, it's too much. Pick something you're interested in and let your preceptor know and then try to focus on it. Maybe it's trying to understand vent settings, or ABGs, or VAP prevention protocol. Whatever it is, try to get comfortable with that and then move on to the next thing. Take in as much as you can while you're there, but it will do you no good to focus on how often you're completely clueless. That is what is expected. The nursing students that we won't hire to the ICU are the ones who come in and tell us how things are "supposed" to be. A student who knows very little is expected. A student that thinks they already know the job is scary!
- Aug 24, '12 by danceportalI'm on the same page as michelle0781 (OP)...next week my final semester starts. Although I've been a bright student and my previous clinical instructors have all liked me, I feel like I don't know anything. I too have ICU clinicals this semester (preceptorship). I am extremely nervous and have been trying to read some material before Monday. However, I feel overwhelmed thinking I have so much to read and cover!
It's comforting to know that this is a normal feeling.Last edit by danceportal on Aug 24, '12 : Reason: Adding more content