Can anyone tell me what it is like in step-down ICU / ICU?
Any tips/advice (big tips/small tips.. anything!)
Ways to be extra helpful for the nurses?
I will be doing 4 shifts as PCA/CNA and 1 shift as an extern (doing mainly nurse type things) rinse and repeat. I know I'm not going to start off with a lot of patients, but the ratio for CNA's is 1 to 6. My manager compared our step-down ICU to a regular ICU in most hospitals.
This is my first medical job and I'm nervous just because of how critical the patients are. At the same time, I busted my butt to get this so I could gain confidence with patient care. These externships are ridiculously hard to get (I'm amazed I got it, considering I'm not involved in CNSA or do volunteer work. I work part-time, do school, and am ACLS certified.. that's it. But hey!!) I want to just be as helpful as I can for the nurses while learning as much as I can. I was told 99% of externs are hired after graduation. I just don't want to mess up!
I'm in my 4/6 semester (Maternal/Child) of nursing school if this helps any.