yelir 540 Views
Joined: Jan 10, '06;
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I agree with the above......plus in CVICU you will have more experience with lines and devices than most other ICU's.
I am going into ccu as a new grad and I have heard that ccu nurses are a "different breed" of nurse. In the hospital that I work in ccu nurses have a bad reputation. The nurses from the floor hate to float to ccu because of what they have heard.:uhoh21: I don't have a problem with these nurses and I have seen how they treat float help. They give them the easiest patients and help them whenever they need it. Why do you think that ccu nurses have such bad reputations?
I have been an ICU nurse for over 10 years now....and I still have to prove myself each and every time I start a new job. It's the nature of the game! We ICU nurses want to make sure the people making life and death decisions are doing it with knowledge and confidence. Don't let one nurse's comment bring you down cus it sounds like you WILL make a good ICU nurse from reading the passion in your words!
I have always been interested in working with open hearts... I'm wondering what type or how long of an orientation you usually go through to work efficiently on these units? I've been working about 3 years in the Trauma-Neurosurgical ICU, but have never had IABP or any fresh CABGs and only a handful of pacers. Do you usually have to get certified or complete some hospital courses? Just curious what everyone's experience has been as far as training/transitioning into CVICU.
I have been a Cardio-thoracic ICU nurse for 11 years. I have had ONE needle stick injury 9 years ago due to a careless coworker. Other than that safety has become a very big buzz word in the hospital setting (both for the patient and staff). Needless systems have infiltrated to even the smallest setting thus you almost have to work in order to get a needlestick these days. (unless others are careless - this is something noone can predict. So I think I am more at risk for getting in a car accident then contracting a disease from a needlestick injury. But the risk is still there.
Most hospitals allow you to wear pretty much anything that is profession but most nurses love wearing scrubs. They are comfy and allow you to move without the contraints of pantyhose (anyone remember wearing those to work?). As for wearing white - sure you can but in my field white turns grey pretty darn quick. And Betadine is a B**ch to get out!!!!!!
Breaks - well that depends on where you work. Of course every employer must give you breaks!! In the ICU most of us eat and take our breaks pretty close to our patients so we can hear alarms going off. On slower days, some will leave the ICU for a bit - to catch a ray or two of sunlight.
Nursing is a very broad spectrum career - there is so much out there!
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