Hi all! I'm a new grad who started in the SICU last fall. Basically, during my six month orientation, I'm working with my preceptor and learning on the fly with no formal educational situations. I've suggested doing the AACN Essentials of Critical Care Nursing course, but have been told they don't have the budget to cover the costs of the course.
All in all, I feel like I'm being set up for dangerous pratice. I'm learning tasks but I'm not getting a full understanding of critical care, so I'm nervous about being on my own in the future.
I love critical care and I absolutely think that new grads can succeed in ICUs.
I'm just wondering how we can best facilitate that success. How have all of you been trained? What did you like or dislike about your critical care orientations? What would your suggestions be for an ideal training program?