Hi everyone. I just need a little support I guess. I passed my NCLEX last week,
and accepted a position in my local hospital's ICU starting in a few weeks. This was my goal job, when I entered nursing, so I'm beyond excited. I had a clinical in this ICU for 240 hours working 1:1 with a preceptor, which was awesome and how I was able to enter this area fresh out of school at this hospital.
Anyway, I'm an older and married new nurse, who went into this becuase it's my passion. Of course the money's not to shabby either, but honestly, I'm in it for my heart over the money. I'll give 110% and love the fact that I do frequent vitals and am just able to be with my patients as often as I can due to the smaller load. I don't want to be that "bad nurse" or the one "who's not cut out for ICU" and I'm scared! I'm not sure how to prepare myself before my first day. I will have a 2 week off the floor orientation in which it's a mini school review session from what I gather. So I wonder if there's anything more I should do before that?
Also I am current with my BLS for healthcare providors, but I believe I'll need ACLS, do I do that now? Or is that something the hospital has me do? I guess I'm just looking for any words of advise anyone may have. Being the NCLEX is over, I'm a bit bored and really don't know what to do to fill my time for the next 2 weeks. Pathetic I know! Thanks for reading