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Joined Apr 26, '10 - from 'Los Angeles'. harryalexx is a Pediatric Cardiothoracic ICU RN. He has '4' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Critical Care, Pediatric'. Posts: 18 (39% Liked) Likes: 15

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  • Jul 16 '15

    Like everyone else has mentioned, 8 weeks is such a short period of time in the grand scheme of things! The orientation the new hires on my unit get STARTS at 8 weeks, and goes from there. It's kind of an expectation that everyone comes with different experience and learning styles. I work peds cardiac ICU, and it is a very tough job. The learning curve is gigantic! Be easy on yourself, friend

    As for how to improve and get more efficient, try asking a preceptor/charge nurse/experienced RN their opinion. The managers get their information from these people and are forming an evaluation based on the collective response. Go to the source and figure out areas that you can work on. For what it's worth, 2 patients in a CICU is very tough. The acuity and pace of the patients is unlike anything else. I would recommend getting very familiar with the routine meds on the unit...major safety issue and tends to slow newer nurses down. Also take a bit before starting your shift to choose the most important things to do. Separate out the "do by the end of the shift" stuff from "Oh crap! I needed to do that 10 minutes ago!".

    Finally, of course you need to know defects. Cincinnati has a good interactive website for the defects and their repairs. Or maybe your hospital has an internet resource. You don't need to know every surgical intricacy at this point, but major nursing considerations as well as "trace the blood" type of stuff.

    Stick with it This is a super rewarding area to work. And in a year, you'll see how far you've come!



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