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I'm working on a new mentoring/orientation model for our ICU/CCU. We are still in the assessment period; defining mentor, assessing what the role will entail, assembling resources...I'm hoping to begin a formal mentoring program where core staff are assigned to new nurses based on personality/clinical interest. The core nurse would be responsible for making sure that clinical competencies/skills were adequately addressed, and also be a general resource person for that new nurse. In my thinking, the mentor would also be a social support for the new nurse, and help them to "fit in" to our unit.
What I'm wondering is how other critical care units orient and mentor their new staff.
Do you assign one preceptor/mentor that guides the person through their first months?
Is there a formal mentoring program in place?
What has worked for your unit in terms of achieving rapid clinical competency and also helping new nurses (especially new grads) feel like part of the team?
Mostly I'm just interested in what the practice is in different hospitals. We have had several of our new people express frustration that they didn't always have a "go-to" person who could answer their questions and provide guidance.
Any information would be greatly appreciated!
I'll have to check out the book. I had a slow night last night (only one patient), and spent a great deal of time on learntheheart.com. Awesome site. I went through every EKG on the floor, did a few of their case studies, it was good.
Just like with basic EKG interpretation, I think I just need to see more of these patterns before it becomes second nature.
How many CCU nurses out there know how to determine the electrical axis of an EKG? Do you feel like this is an important part of EKG interpretation?
If you feel like it's a good skill to have, do you have any tips/ways of understanding it that you could pass along?
Great post, Poetnyouknowit, I'm glad you gave a good surgical perspective.
And yes, one patient, who is asleep is a HUGE...let me say that again HUUUUGE!!!!! pro.
I'm just done working my weekend, and it was a doozy...
OR is very narrow in scope. Unless you go advanced practice, you'll probably only be a circulator. You work closely with the docs in some ways, but you won't learn much about disease management.
In ICU you are more indepedent, work closely with docs on a variety of patients, and learn more long-term management.You learn a lot more critical thinking (in my opinion), and learn more of what you need to move out of bedside care into a more independent role. Surgery, like OB tends to limit options if/when you get sick of it. If you want broad experience, go to a MICU or SICU. A SICU (surgical ICU) could be a good option for you if you're interested in surgery. Unless you want do surgery forever, I would not start there.
I guess I should disclose that I work in a CCU/MICU. So I'm a little biased
I know there are general MSN programs out there, that don't include a specialty. Is that the question the OP was asking?
I think that would work. One of my friends went straight to her MSN through the University of Iowa, and then later became a CRNA at another school. Obviously, the education for a CRNA vs. an NP is different, but I think that the general masters helped her avoid at least a few classes. I would think for NP it might be even more, but I could be wrong.
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