I am a new RN and got hired in the PCU. I don't have any experience other than clinicals. I have bought EKG/ECG books to study rhythms, signed up for ACLS and have started reviewing cardiac drips. Is there any other advice for starting in the PCU?
Aug 9, '12
I recently just got off my 12 week orientation on PCU. You are definitely on the right track with reviewing strips and drips. Make good use of your preceptors, pick their brains at any given opportunity. You will soon learn that clinicals is quite different than actually being on the floor as a nurse. And nursing is always an on going learning process. I find myself reviewing notes and text books from school. Being on PCU can seem very overwhelming some days, but just look at it as a new challenge that you need to conquer. Good luck I really love what I am doing!
Aug 15, '12
If you are hired as a new grad, employers let their new nurses take courses like EKG or ECCO in AACN e-learning website and the employer pays for it. You may want to check with your institution if they do this. It is a very expensive course. But it is a convenient method to provide education for new grad rather than going to any ground school. I do not know if their is any critical classes in the campus. With advancement in technology most of the education now is online and you can avail this through AACN.org it is a good course for the new grad that covers CV, pulmonary, hemodynamics, renal, neuro. You may want to go to the website and check it out.
Aug 17, '12
Thank you so much! I am really excited about starting! Those brain sheets look like they will really help!