I am in a BSN-RN program and will be starting my final semester of clinical rotations at a surgical/trauma ICU at a large hospital. Pts include level 1 traumas and abd surgeries (1-2 pt load). I live up north and due to the weather we have lost clinical days. We will have no computer training/orientation/shadow day and just hit the floor running next week. Later I will transfer to the ICU step-down unit and receive the same pts, just at a less critical state. Description included "heavy care, lots of wounds & drains, variety of pts, 3-4pt load."
I am very nervous for this rotation and even more so now that we won't have orientation. How can I prepare (what material should I review)? Are there special items I should bring? I have only used "brain sheets" on med-surg floors - how will ICU/stepdown ICU sheets differ? Any advice would be much appreciated! Thank you!