New Grad - ICU

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    Hello Everyone,

    I'm a new grad, and starting an ICU job in a couple of weeks. I'm wondering if anyone can suggest a recent critical care text that I should begin familiarizing myself with?!?

    Thank You!
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    Go to www.kathywhite.com and get fast facts critical care guide...
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    I like the AACN Essentials of Critical Care Nursing.

    For quick reference, I like a book I have called Critical Care Secrets.

    If you decide you want something more in-depth at some point, The ICU Book by Paul Marino is a staple.

    Also - a great online resource is www.icufaqs.org
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    How did you get a job as a new grad in the ICU?!
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    Quote from Cindycin37
    How did you get a job as a new grad in the ICU?!
    There are a lot of new grads who go straight into ICU, including myself. It depends on the hospital and whether they have the resources to train and mentor new RNs.
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    I've been in critical care for 13 years. I've seen new grads make great ICU RNs if they have good support and ask LOTS of questions and are highly motivated (with attention to detail). I recommend that you start studying for the CCRN. It has lots of pertinent information that will help you. Don't forget...KEEP YOUR ALARMS PARAMETERS SET TIGHT!!!!
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    Quote from Blandini7
    I've been in critical care for 13 years. I've seen new grads make great ICU RNs if they have good support and ask LOTS of questions and are highly motivated (with attention to detail). I recommend that you start studying for the CCRN. It has lots of pertinent information that will help you. Don't forget...KEEP YOUR ALARMS PARAMETERS SET TIGHT!!!!
    Couldn't have said it better. New grad into MICU myself now 1 1/2 years in, definitely keep parameters tight, dont drone out the "alarms" or "noises" pay attention, ask questions, and clarify what you dont know, and not implying that anyone will but I know a few new grads who have.....remember not to get cocky....it will come back to bite you.
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    I've been working in a CVICU as a new grad for a little over a year now. Have a good relationship with your manager and preceptors with an open and honest line of communication. You need to voice your needs and try to get a wide variety of patients during orientation. Don't be afraid to ask for constructive criticism! Just remember you can never ask too many questions-- it's when you don't ask enough that your coworkers will be concerned.
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    I also started out in ICU 7 years ago. It was overwhelming and intimidating, but asking questions and getting to know good resource people you work with is essential. Everyone on my unit was very supportive-teamwork is essential. I also agree studying for the CCRN is a good resource.


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