New grad hired onto MICU, I need advice!!
- 0Apr 3, '13 by LillyBudHey everyone!
I just passed my boards 3 short weeks ago and was offered my ideal position on the medical intensive care unit. I had precepted there for my critical care rotation. I had met the manager while there. After I graduated and passed my boards I called HR quite a lot and got through to them and the unit manager. The unit manager offered to interview me. 6 days later I was offered the position!! I am absolutely elated I can't believe it!!! But, behind all my excitement, relief, and pure happiness, I am pretty nervous. I know this is going to be hard. I mean, that is all anyone will tell you if you leap straight to ICU nursing out of school - is that it will be hard, REALLY HARD, for at least 2 years. It is as if nobody has anything positive or encouraging to say. And, while I do not want people to sugar coat things, it would be nice to hear that it is not all depressing and horrible. I am kind of quiet sometimes and I don't want that to get in the way. I do not want to choke in an emergent situation. I don't really want to drive to work with knots in my stomach and drive home crying. I know that I will go through those things, though. I know it is part of the territory. I guess what I want to know is; will it always fell like doom and gloom? How soon until those feelings diminish? Any tips for a newbie on how to gather a great support team around her in the MICU? I have a million and one fears in my head about being adequate enough to fill the shoes of this position. I know I will be a good nurse..deep down, I know it. I just don't want to let myself down. I need to succeed at this and prove to myself that I am worth a starting position in the MICU. I appreciate all your support, everyone. This site is a wonderful resource for when you need a little pep talk!
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- 0Apr 4, '13 by BiffbradfordCongratulations. I went in to a large CVICU right out of school and I lasted 12 years, so it can be done!
- ask questions, be a sponge.
- you're never alone, so if you need a second opinion on something, ask for it.
- you're not going to learn everything overnight, so don't expect to.
If you don't try to be a super hero you'll be fine. These places can chew you up and spit you out in no time flat, so just take it day by day. Take time out for yourself to clear your head after a hard day. Go for a walk after work, or stop at the store on the way home. Anything to help you unwind a bit.
- 0Apr 4, '13 by KquinnICUI went into SICU right after graduation. I'm on year 3 now. It isn't all doom and gloom! What was said about being a sponge is true. Seek out opportunities, be in on as much as you can. In a crisis, stick with the code document writer and you'll learn fast what is going on. Work hard. If you can take the AACN Essentials of Critical Care Orientation online classes they are a great resource. Find the nurses that will support you and count on them. You'll be fine!
- 0Apr 4, '13 by JeanOfAllTraitsI'm feeling the same way. I graduated last May and started a BSN completion program right away. I've been working part time this past year as a Med/Surg float with limited ICU experience. I start in an ICU float position right in May when I finish my BSN, as in three days after graduation. I don't really have time to study a whole lot before I start, but they're known for their orientation program. I'm super excited, but yes, also a small bit terrified. But hey, what can we do but jump right on in, ask questions and and put our all into being the best nurses we can be?
- 0Apr 7, '13 by AbrannaI also got a job in MICU right out of school. I started last August and I can tell u while it is terrifying because these patients are so sick you are going to love your job! I was off orientation in December and scared out of my mind but even in just 4 months things are much better I'm confident enough in the things we do all the time and generally all the nurses are very supportive and willing to answer my questions with things that are still new to be or that I just need to reinforce. I can also tell u that I too am quiet and not very outspoken but you get over that quick when a doctor is telling you to do something against policy/ that could harm ur patient unnecessarily ... I had a situation like this a few months ago and I shocked myself bc I flat told the doctor and said no... The patient was very critically and the other two nurses in the room were like now ur a true micu nurse! After the dr had left the room.
You're going to be amazed by how many things you learn. I personally am excited to go to work everyday bc I never know what new thing I'm gonna see or learn. Definitely get the fast facts for critical care book it's a great resource and its a little binder so I add things to it tgat are specific to my unit/facility.