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    maloneys and lcmtcrn1 like this.

    when you can change diprivan tubing quick enough to keep the OD vented pt from waking up
    when less than two empty lumens make you nervous
    when you can smell a DKAer from outside your unit
    when you see a sedated pt with a rectal tube, aline, central line, foley, OG to suction and think, this is going to be an easy night!!
    when you hear a pt ring the call light you think, they aren't sick enough for the ICU!

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    It's hard to give a routine in the ICU. If you have two stable pts you may have a routine for that shift,
    but if you have a very unstable pt, you'll be running around like crazy trying to get orders, titrate pressors, calling MDs, aiding in procedures... in any free time you'll be playing catch up with your other pt.

    Then some nights you may have two pts with transfer orders and spent a great deal of time twiddling your thumbs.. it just depends.

    We usually have a tech, but with only one on the entire unit, you can't count on them since they are busy usually. If I have a GI bleeder or C Diff pt, I will be spending a good deal of time cleaning poo. But, usually they are other nurses around to help you who have a lighter load that shift.

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    I was also interested in working in grady's ICU (I was a new grad with a 400 hour ICU practicum) but didnt get an interview, so I took at critical care job at another atlanta hospital. But, Grady pays much higher than the other hospitals in the area, so I'm not sure where the low pay information came from (the pay is listed on their website)

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    We got a gift card for CEU's from the hospital..... what do yall think of that? It's my first nurses week, so I'm not sure. Nurse managers did a nice cup with the unit name on it, and one of the doctors groups did a coffee travel mug with the logo on...

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    Hi Cara! Thank you so much for checking out the thread. Do you any basic advice for us, do's and don't sort of things? Or advice for any of the classes?

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    I did have to have college algebra as a pre-req for my chemistry class.

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    Hi! I'm going to look for apartments in Augusta on Friday; can anyone tell me good neighborhoods and areas to avoid? Thanks!!

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    Adriane; I called financial aid last week and they said it would be about a month before we know anything! I know the waiting is frustrating!

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    I know the Litmann's are supposed to be good, I think they run around $75 bucks. I'm not sure if MCG recommends any certain kind... Does anyone know?

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    Yeah, I already received my letter too.

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    I checked yesterday, and our names are finally in the MCG system. You have to look our student username up through eguide; then you use that username and the year you were born plus the last four of your social as your starting password. You can check your email and finish your financial aid application.

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    Yeah, I got my contract today too- I live in Atlanta; so everyone should have theirs soon if not already. I wish it had more information, but I guess we'll get more soon!

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    anyone receive the contract yet? I just checked the mail and it still isn't here

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    Woohoo Chedamoni! I am done with pre-reqs too! Nothing but relaxation (mental, at least) until Fall. Oh yeah, and moving! Did anyone else just finish up at Kennesaw State? I am glad my time there is done.

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    Wow that is awesome that we will have so many hand-on experiences! I'm so anxious to hear more about the program, it seems like they should really tell us more soon! GAmom; thank you so much for answering all these questions... do you know when you hear any more info about the program before you started? Was it in May, or later?


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