Re vents: The fastest way to be comfortable with them is to get the R.T. to orient you to the vent. I love vented patients because if anything goes wrong, an alarm will go off. You won't walk in and find a patient in agonal resp. , etc. Vents are fairly simple. The R.T. can teach you more in 5 minutes than you will learn in 3 hours with a book. And ask each R.T. to explain it and show you. and ask each one to show you how to suction....you will develop your own technique after receiving 1/2 dozen lessons from them. If the vent alarm is alarming for an extended time, it usually means the tubing has come disconnected. look for a hose that has come loose. Never push the cancel alarm button on your vent...read the alarms and you will get an idea of whats wrong...most of the time the pt is coughing and needs suctioning. # 1 rule...repeat ... # 1 Rule, when a vent is alarming, whether it is your patient or not, Get UP and go check on the patient !! # 2 Rule...make sure there is an ambu bag available at the bedside of the vented patient.....# 3 Rule... Find out the beeper # and name of your R.T. when you come on...the R.T. is your best friend...(No more rules)...Learn how to push the 100% oxygen button, so you can oxygenate your patient immediately prior to and after suctioning. It only takes a second and helps your patient immensely. Look at your patient and tell him what you are doing. When turning intubated patients, keep your eye on the tube, that is the # 1 priority, let the nurse assisting you take care of cleanup, linen change etc, you hang on to the tube, don't let it get kinked, pulled, etc. I always hold onto the tube in this situation and reassure the patient. Take my suggestions and you will do fine and feel in control and confident..good luck.